RANDY JACKSON: RANCHO PALOS VERDES, CA

Who Killed the Electric Car? inspired him to turn to EV and use solar panels to feed his Tesla

 

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"When President Bush said “We are addicted to oil from unstable places in the world” and gasoline was over $4.00 a gallon with oil price at over $140.00 a barrel, I knew this was not good for my family, the nation, or the world economy. I knew it was time for a change, so I set out to determine how I could break my addiction to oil without waiting for the government to figure it out for me.

As it turned out there was a screening of Who Killed the Electric Car? at the Torrance Public Library in Torrance, CA.  This was the first of a dozen times I saw the movie and I was able to meet Chelsea Sexton, Zan Dubin Scott and Paul Scott of Plug in America at the screening.  Paul helped me out with his great advice and recommendations and I soon began a rewarding journey of breaking my addiction to oil.

The first step involved my own research on energy sources and cars, which included ethanol, natural gas, electric, and hydrogen.  I looked into as many sources as I could, to choose the right alternative for my own needs. Not wanting to become addicted to a new, inflation-driven source of energy for my car, I selected a power source I could provide for myself – solar power from the roof of my house, which would provide electricity for both my home and an electric car. 

The implementation was the next phase- and Paul Scott guided me to Energy Efficiency Solar (now Acro Energy) for the solar power system, which I had installed on the roof of my house.  Next was the more difficult step of implementing my plan… actually acquiring an electric car.  I considered converting my old gasoline car into electric, but after test driving a sleek Tesla Roadster, I decided the best choice for me was the Tesla: a car built from the ground up to be a high performance electric car. 

Now that I have had the solar power system for almost two years and the Tesla Roadster for over one year these are my most notable results:

1) My cost of electricity per mile is 75% cheaper than the cost of gasoline per mile. 

2) My cost of maintenance for an electric car is much less with no oil changes, spark plugs, spark plug wires, belts, oil filter, gas filter, air filter, and exhaust system. 

3) Electric cars go about 3 miles per kWh.  This is important to know if you want to size your solar power system before you get an electric car. 

4) Just like owning your own house feels great, owning your own power system feels great too: I enjoy the feeling of independence for my own energy.

5) Over 90% of all the charging of my electric car is done at home and at night while I sleep and am not using any other electricity in the house."