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  1. How many more solar panels to install?

    Generation 2 Volt (2016-2020)
    Hi all, first post. Hopefully my post is mostly following guidelines here. I started leasing a 2017 Volt LT a month ago and am also in the process of going Solar (waiting for town's permit, haven't installed Solar panels yet). The original design my Solar installer proposed (before this Volt)...
  2. New to us 2014 Volt - Santa Fe NM (pictures)

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    We purchased a 2014 Volt two weeks ago today. It's been a blast to drive. Our neighbor with the solar array was excited to drive it. The pictures are from last Sunday. We may get a solar charge or two soon. Thanks to those posting all the info here.
  3. Solar panel warranties - How do they work?

    Electric Vehicle Batteries & Plug-In Charging
    Solar panel warranties - How do they work? How do solar companies fulfill their warranties? Do they change one panel if it breaks or is underperforming? How long will my system be out of commission if this happens?

    Chevy Volt General Discussion, News, and Events
    So got a call from my mom yesturday who sent me a picture of the attached image.... she was like, "what is this and what does it do?". I kind of laughed but was intrigued as to why her 2004 VW Beetle had a solar panel to charge its battery? Interesting thing is that it plugs into the...
  5. First car I am excited about buying in many many years

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    Hello I am picking up a new /used Volt this week and I hope it is what you all are saying it is I am looking forward to driving past the gas station again and again I have been wanting to install solar panels on the house and I will use the Volt as an excuse to do so because the wife has been...
  6. Solar System Price Analysis

    Alternative Energy - Solar, Geo-Thermal, Bio-fuels
    When analyzing proposals for an installed residential solar panel system, my understanding is that the most relevant metric is $/watt. But which watt? Is it the system size, or is it the estimated annual production number? One of the challenges when researching solar PV systems is that prices...
  7. Student research project on energy management

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    Hello, We're master students from Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands. We're undertaking a research project on Smart Energy Management of EV, Household and Solar Panel. Currently, we're developing an application that assists users in monitoring and controlling the charging of...
  8. New to site

    Newcomers to GM-VOLT.COM (See here for FAQs)
    Hello, I'm happy to have found this site. I live in Bellingham, Washington USA and purchased my Volt 16 months ago. My criteria was to have a car that would make it to Seattle (85 miles) without having to stop and recharge. Of course it is not all battery generated, but then I couldn't afford...
  9. Ford puts solar-charged electric car to the test - The Detroit News

    Ford Motor Co. is testing a solar-powered electric car that’s easier to recharge than the typical plug-in, though the cost of solar panels would potentially add thousands of dollars to an already expensive vehicle...
  10. Rooftop solar panel - Minimal cost if standard and adds 5-8 miles on a good sunny day

    Suggestions for GM - Chevy Volt
    At a minimum, a rooftop solar panel would add 5-8 miles range on a good sunny day (the size of the Volt roof would be about a 500W panel or more). This would help extend range and help offset some gas on long trips. It would also help counter act those ignorant idiots out there that say you...
  11. Using portable solar panel to charge...

    Chevy Volt Engineering and Design
    If someone was going to use a portable solar system to charge the Volt, wouldn't it have to produce several thousand watts at least? What would be the requirements to do it? Is anyone doing it? Thanks, MrEnergyCzar
  12. Solar power grows 109% in US.

    Electric Vehicle Batteries & Plug-In Charging
    Solar panels installed in the United States more than doubled from 2010 to 2011. California leads the way. Clean energy, what's not to like? I'm sure some of that PV electricity is fueling cars even as you read this...