September 30th, 2011

Ford Focus Goes with Solar

Ford and SunPower are teaming up to produce a rooftop solar system that will provide owners of the Focus Electric with enough solar energy to offset the use of electricity used for charging.

The new Focus Electric is a zero-emission, gasoline-free version of Ford’s popular global Focus model. Ford plans the launch of five electric vehicles in North America by 2012 and in European markets by 2013.


SunPower and Ford are teaming up to produce solar panels that will save consumers on electricity costs of the newly available Ford Focus Electric. Credit: Ford

“Under the ‘Drive Green for Life’ program, Focus Electric owners can reduce their total cost of ownership by generating enough energy from their high efficiency SunPower rooftop solar system to offset the electricity required to charge the vehicle at night,” said Mike Tinskey, Ford director of Global Vehicle Electrification and Infrastructure. “It’s an eco-friendly solution that perfectly complements our plug-in products and other green initiatives.”

Owners of the Focus Electric, which is currently available in 19 markets, can purchase a SunPower solar system for less than $10,000 after federal tax credits, excluding any other state or local rebates. With the purchase, consumers can track the system’s usage and performance through an online or mobile application.

The complete home-installed solar system includes the SunPower E18 Series solar panels that produce an average of 3,000 kilowatt hours of electricity annually – 50 percent more electricity than other conventional solar panels with a smaller footprint on the roof. The complete system is designed for customers who drive an average of 1,000 miles per month.

“SunPower’s innovative partnership with Ford is a win-win for customers, providing a comprehensive sustainability program,” said Tom Werner, SunPower president and CEO. “By taking advantage of this program, Focus Electric customers can receive the added benefit of installing a SunPower solar system, the highest-efficiency, most reliable on the market today, generating the electricity needed to charge their vehicles.”

SunPower and Ford plan to continue their partnership with plans to launch solar panel systems for Ford’s future launch of electric vehicles that will be available next year.

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