We have some big news for Ford fans interested in ditching their gas vehicle for something more environmentally friendly. Ford plans on having most of their vehicle line up at Bickford Ford (located at 3100 Bickford Avenue Snohomish, WA 98290) become all electric by the end of 2012. In order to cement this and get into action, Ford has to power these vehicles. In doing so, the company joined forces with a solar power maker.
Ford's partnership with SunPower will support its "Drive Green for Life" program - offering a 2.5-kilowatt rooftop solar panel system, installed on a Ford owner's home. It will connect to the grid that recharges and monitors their Ford vehicle.
The hybrid Ford Focus and Ford Fiesta are some of the best selling cars the American auto maker has to offer already. Having a fully electric option of each is sure to bring in a large amount of new buyers.
"Ford looked at early adopters for the electric vehicle," said Daniel Pierce, Ford spokesman. "Those are also people who tend to be very passionate about the environment, and they also tend to be early adopters of solar power. This is a great way to help people 'green' their lives."1
Ford's SunPower solar panel system will produce enough power to charge a vehicle at an average of 1000 driving miles every month. Best of all, you won't waste any electricity - power that goes unused gets sent back to the grid. There are also various discounts available off your month car or electric bill, depending on how often one implements the system, and which state / province you reside in.
"The deal itself offers solar at a drastically reduced price," Pierce added. "We found that with state and local rebates, the complete cost of the system can be as low as $5,500 in some places."2