We purchased a solar power system to produce and offset the electricity we use in our house and to charge our Model 3. Our primary goal was to produce as much electricity as we used each year. This post describes how well our solar system meets our needs.
June 2019. Puerto Rico.
Many of my posts are variations on “Yo people, electric cars, they get the job done”. This post shows how EVs can work in Puerto Rico.
On a recent work trip to Old San Juan we arrived at our lodgings around 10PM, and I was surprised to see a Model 3 parked on the street near our building. Later I was fortunate enough to meet the owner and talk about his experiences.
We bought our Rav4 EV 6 years ago today. Never before did we remember or mark the day we bought a new car, but we do love our Rav. This EV continues to do it’s job very well for us. It’s a very good commuting car and has plenty of storage for shopping trips and regional camping trips.
Today we crossed 80,000 miles (~128,000 km) in our 2012 Rav4 EV. We purchased this car new almost 6 years ago and it’s still working great. Our motor drive became slightly noisy 2 years ago and Toyota replaced it under warranty at 58,000 miles. It’s been smooth and quiet since then. Otherwise this car has worked perfectly.
February 2019, California. We've logged 15,000 miles in our Model 3 since picking it up ten months ago. This was our first trip in winter weather conditions.
We don’t often get snow in my town. According to my neighbor it’s been 23 years since honest-to-goodness snow has fallen in our part of California’s Central Valley. But when we get the urge for snow we don’t have far to drive.
January 2019, California's Central Valley
When we bought our home over a decade ago we set goals for ourselves: To make the electricity we use; and to drive electric cars powered by our solar power system. We’re not there yet, but we’ve made progress.
I drive my Model 3 about 50 miles (80 km) a day during the week, and a bit less on weekends. I charge my car every night in the garage. At the end of each day I pull into the garage, plug in, and don’t have to think about it again.Continue reading