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  1. AC Solar Sensor and varying fan speeds

    Generation 2 Volt (2016-2020)
    I'm wondering if anyone is experiencing a noticeable variation in fan speed while in AUTO mode. I understand from reading the owners manual that the solar sensor (located on top of the dash) is partially responsible for change in fan speed based on the angle of the sun and how intense the sun...
  2. Solar Heaters

    Generation 1 Volt (2011-2015)
    We're coming up on the season where battery range plummets. Given the large amount of space in over the hatch, it occurred to me that I could possibly heat the interior with a solar powered heater. Has anyone tried this? It wouldn't help overnight, but if your car sits in a parking lot all...
  3. Solar Powered Volt

    Chevy Volt General Discussion, News, and Events
    Has anyone tried using a solar array to charge their Volt? I'm thinking if 4 panels or so can charge my Volt a coupla times a week I might try it. I'm figuring on using an inverter to provide 120 volt ac. But I suspect, that since the amps would vary (0 at night for example) that it may...
  4. Trump’s solar plan has industry nervous

    Politics, Finance, and Environment
    Trump’s solar plan has industry nervous. Article was from 7/31/2017. I forgot to post it then.
  5. Advice Requested: Portable Solar Power Charging System for Volt

    Care, Maintenance & Service - Gen2 Volt
    My daily commute is really short, and, as a result, I use only around 1.2 kWh of power maximum a day from the high voltage battery on my Volt. The power in the area I live comes from coal plants, and I've been looking for a way to reduce the emissions footprint of my volt (regardless of...
  6. Solar Car Ports. Do they exist?

    Generation 1 Volt (2011-2015)
    Does anyone sell a car port that would serve as a standalone charging station for an electric car? My employer isn't likely to install charging stations anytime soon, but I thought if I could put a car port with solar panels on the roof in one of the parking spaces I could charge my car while...
  7. Setting charging at night with Juicebox and 2016 Volt (and solar)

    Li-Ion Battery, Charging, Mgmt System - Chevy Volt
    Hi All, I bought a 2016 Volt, supposed to be delivered today. I also bought a Juicebox 240 volt charger. The Juicebox is connected to Wi-Fi and allows setting of a schedule. I would like to charge the Volt every night, say from 11pm to 5 or 6 am. The Juicebox allows this type of schedule to...
  8. Solar on the farm

    Alternative Energy - Solar, Geo-Thermal, Bio-fuels
    My Dad had one of the local solar companies come out to do an estimate a few weeks ago for a solar array on the farm. We just got a notice of rate increase so he's thinking about it again.
  9. Drving to Net 0 book idea

    Alternative Energy - Solar, Geo-Thermal, Bio-fuels
    I am hoping to soon publish a book “Driving to Net 0 - Stories of Hope for a Carbon Free Future”. I an trying to see if there might be interest and if so I am looking for 6-12 people who have either dropped their emissions 75%, or are 75% below average and are willing to share their story. I...
  10. SDGE's new Whenergy Plans

    Alternative Energy - Solar, Geo-Thermal, Bio-fuels
    SDGE has released new plans, called "Whenergy" http://www.sdge.com/whenergy/residential.php These appear to be TOU (Time of use) plans, but with some differences. For example, their "TOU+" (time of use plus) plan offers what appears to be a substantial kickback if you can reduce your usage on...
  11. Advice needed - thinking about a Volt for my daughter at college

    Chevy Volt General Discussion, News, and Events
    I'll be honest, I have never really considered a Volt, I'm a 4wd pickup type of guy, but a local dealer is advertising a 36 month lease for about $100 per month with 1999 down. HELLO! I have 2900 GM card points/dollars, so I might be able to get the lease down to 65ish a month. Can hardly...
  12. Volt as solar/RV/generator backup?

    Chevy Volt General Discussion, News, and Events
    Hey all, some (for me at least) in depth questions that I'd love and appreciate some help on! They concern using the Volt as a backup battery but instead of for a home, for an RV, and with solar. Here is the background - I currently own a 2012 Volt (earlier in MY before the slightly increased...
  13. Tesla Home Battery Backup?

    Tesla
    While the details of the Tesla announcement are still under wraps, the $13,000 batteries may actually be available for lease instead of purchase, according to The Guardian, who got the information from investment analyst Trip Chowdhry. Three-hundred customers of SolarCity, a company of which...
  14. 110v or 240v EVSE...Which uses less electricity?

    Chevy Volt Accessories and Modifications
    We are putting solar on our roof...tentatively scheduled mid-March. Does anyone know if a 240V EVSE charging in 4 hours uses more or less energy than the 110V charging for 8-10 hours? I am sorry if this has been discussed elsewhere. I searched, but found nothing on this. I am trying to...
  15. Get 'em while they're hot!!

    Alternative Energy - Solar, Geo-Thermal, Bio-fuels
    Wisconsin Utilities Trying To Manage Solar Energy Industry Listen here:http://hereandnow.wbur.org/2014/10/15/wisconsin-solar-regulation CPS Energy’s shift in sources may have impact on managing logistics SAN ANTONIO EXPRESS-NEWS: View here:"CPS Energy’s shift in sources may have impact on...
  16. Solar energy that doesn’t block the view

    Totally Off-Topic
    Positive R&D news from one of my alma maters: http://msutoday.msu.edu/news/2014/solar-energy-that-doesnt-block-the-view/
  17. Our Kids Are Catching On!

    Alternative Energy - Solar, Geo-Thermal, Bio-fuels
    From our local paper: "Madison’s solar car shines in the long run"
  18. Solar powered Autonomous Vehicle Highways

    Totally Off-Topic
    http://www.solarroadways.com/intro.shtml :rolleyes:Thinking about Solar powered Autonomous Vehicle Highways made me wonder what’s required to be able to go to sleep in your car and wake-up 3 hours later at a fast charging stop or close to your final destination. This is the list I came up with...
  19. Solar Roadways - The future for EV's and more

    Politics, Finance, and Environment
    If you haven't heard about the Solar Roadway project on indiegogo yet, then you need to hurry over there and take a look. This is one of the brightest, most intelligent projects I've seen in my life time. I truly think, that if this project works (has the support of NHTSA), it could change the...
  20. Kashagan. Big Oil's most toxic money pit?

    Politics, Finance, and Environment
    In thirteen years, they've spent $50 billion to reach a so-called supergiant oil field where sour crude is mixed with toxic gas. In industry circles, Kashagan has become a watchword for massive complexity and near impossibility, and adopted an unofficial motto: "cash all gone." The latest...
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