Mitsubishi New Zealand and SolarCity New Zealand have announced that they have formed a national partnership to offer each new i-MiEV owner a high-efficiency rooftop solar system that will provide the car with enough solar power to offset the energy used for charging.
Daniel Cook, Mitsubishi NZ’s Head of Sales and Marketing says this partnership, is designed to give customers the right resources and technology to make powering the i-MiEV as efficient as possible.
“i-MiEV electric car owners are ahead of the curve, and want a greener and cleaner way to drive,” Cook says. “The energy the solar PV panels generate in a day exceeds what is needed to offset the energy used in the average daily commute, significantly reducing the total cost of ownership.”
The specially designed i-MiEV PV solar panel charging system is viewable from today at the Auckland Home Show, and gives everyone in the city the first chance to see how solar power and electric cars can work together.
Andrew Booth, CEO of SolarCity, says the aim is to give new i-MiEV owners the peace of mind that they never have to spend an additional dollar on energy for their car, in its lifetime.
“The high-efficiency solar system we are using will be sized specifically for recharging the i-MiEV,” Booth says. “It is engineered to provide enough power for about 1250 km of travel per month, and comes with a power output guarantee, allowing each customer to lock in their energy costs for the next 25 years.
“Forty percent of New Zealand’s energy is provided by oil and our key export and tourism industries also rely on it,” he says. “According to The Transport Ministry’s annual survey of New Zealand’s vehicle fleet, published this month, New Zealanders own 3.3 million vehicles, which will become increasingly expensive to run as the price of oil peaks,” says Booth. “With this in mind, it is apt that this initiative is being launched in Auckland, New Zealand’s most populated city, where car ownership is high.”
How the i-MiEV / PV solar system works
The 1.5 kilowatt system is comprised of solar photovoltaic modules that produce an average of 1,900 kilowatt hours of electricity annually. The power generated is distributed to the grid using the New Zealand-made Enasolar Inverter.
For i-MiEV car owners, the complete solar system starts from NZ$9,999 installed and is designed to be installed on the home or garage roof. Included in the purchase is a residential monitoring system, which includes the ability to track the performance of the solar system on the web.