Updated: Jan 18
The Ford Model T was the first mass produced, easily affordable automobile in the world. Introduced in 1908 the Model T continued in production until 1927, eventually selling over 15 million cars. The Model T was affordable to the masses, very reliable compared to other cars in the market, and easy to operate.
One can only imagine the horse and buggy business owners, seeing this new technology spell the end for their industry.
We suppose the gasoline engine manufacturers feel the same way as Tesla Motors recently rolled out the Tesla S model “Plaid”. This is a four door full electric vehicle with over 1,000 horsepower that goes 0 to 60 mph in just around 2 seconds. The Plaid can hit the ¼ mile in 9 seconds, going over 155 mph.
YouTube is now awash with drag race videos of the Tesla Plaid solidly beating all the fastest (gas powered) production cars on the planet, from Lamborghinis to Ferraris to tricked out Corvettes. The Plaid even beats the of the fastest gas-powered motorcycles, including the Suzuki Hayabusa and the Kawasaki ZX-14!
A Tesla Model X owner charges with solar energy at the Orthopaedic Associates location in Newburgh, Indiana.
One gets the notion that Elon Musk was very intentional about this, he wanted to prove that gas powered engines are really the “horse and buggy” equivalent of our modern times. The Plaid performance numbers drive the final nails in the coffin of gas-powered supercars everywhere. Why spend $1.2 million on a Bugatti with a V-12 engine when a measly Tesla Plaid for $150,000 can beat your exotic car hands down at the drag strip? Sure, even in 2021 you can go out and purchase a horse and buggy, the Amish do this all the time. Folks will still buy gas powered cars for the next 50 years, but electric cars will continue to get faster as energy density increases in batteries and electric motors continue to improve.
Here at Morton Solar we know that all the innovations in electric vehicle technology will eventually get affordable and available to the masses, and as more electric cars hit the road it makes more sense to put solar on the roof of your home and your business. In the next decade there will be many affordable electric cars on the market with a range that exceeds 300 miles, and we predict that many 2 car households will have at least one plug-in electric vehicle. All electric vehicles require a 240 volt outlet to fast charge, so we’ve been installing these outlets on garage walls for our clients.
We will do this for NO additional charge when you buy rooftop solar from our company!
Watch this video from 2014: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0vdmQON7zp4
The 240 volt (electric car charging) outlet should be on an independent breaker, not a shared breaker.
Some folks ask us how many additional panels they’ll need to power an electric vehicle. Our answer to this depends on the daily mileage driven, the type and model of the electric vehicle, and the driving habits of the owner.
The best way to assess power usage of any electric vehicle is to own one for 60 days and look back at the power used in that span of time. If you buy rooftop solar and charge your electric vehicle at home you will save money two ways: less spent on gasoline AND a lower electric bill.
Once your solar array is paid off your fuel for transportation is effectively free, for the 40 year life of your solar panels!
We know that most people are not going to spend $150,000 for a Tesla Plaid, but there will be many affordable electric vehicles on the market in the next few years, and some of those electric vehicles will be sold as used cars at an even lower price point.
Call us today and talk with one of our representatives!
By: Ben Alexander, Sales Consultant