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Old 05-09-2010, 02:01 PM
Location: Grove City, Ohio
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I wasn't sure where to post this, here or automotive, but after thinking about it this appears the best forum considering my question.

In another year we will be in the market for a new second car and I really like the idea of going all electric.

Second car would drive an average of 50 miles a day, never more than 75, so you can see how the Leaf would make a perfect second car.

Nissan's New New Electric 'Leaf' Car Priced Lower Than Expected - The Two-Way - Breaking News, Analysis Blog : NPR

Nissan LEAF Electric Car

The 100 mile range would fit 90% of our driving needs and with a top speed of 90 mph it does appear to be more than a golf cart.

Now if they could only come up with a 200-250 mile range it would meet 98% of my driving needs and that would be exciting! Spend a day at the beach and not have it cost any fuel? That's exciting!

Nissan says the battery recharges in four eight hours when you plug it into a 220-volt line ó the same kind your dryer runs on. Plug it into a standard 110-volt and youíre looking at twice that long. The car has a quick-charge capability that will let you get up to 80 percent charge in less than 30 minutes, but Nissan didnít say what kind of power youíll need. Weíre guessing 480 volts at 100 amps.

When we drove the prototype last spring, Mark Perry, Nissanís director of product planning, said the cost per mile is 4 cents if you figure gas is four bucks a gallon, electricity is 14 cents a kilowatt hour and you drive 15,000 miles a year. Compare that to the 13 cents a mile youíll pay in a car that gets 30 mpg. Perry says the car will cost about 90 cents to charge if you plug it in off-peak.

The pack provides juice to an AC motor that produces 80 kilowatts (107 horsepower) ó roughly what the Honda Fit puts down. The motor also cranks out 207 pound-feet of torque ó impressive, given that the 3.5-liter V6 available in the Altima produces 258. The prototype we drove was snappy off the line, so the Leaf should be no slouch in traffic. Top speed is limited to 90 mph.
Read More Nissan Turns Over An Electric Leaf | Autopia | Wired.com
Now to my question, what about solar recharging? Seeing as how our electric is $0.12/KWH our electric cost would be $0.032 per mile or $1.71/day it's obviously ridiculous to even consider recharging with solar but I was wondering what that would cost of someone wanted to set itup to do it? $2,000, $5,000, $10,000 or more?

Thank you.
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