Is a Solar-Powered Electric Vehicle Right for Me?

See how solar can fuel your personal transportation. With a solar-powered electric vehicle you can save money on gasoline and maintenance, while saving energy and shrinking your carbon footprint.

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Find out your savings potential based on your rooftop, driving habits, electric rates, home electricity use and available tax credits and incentives.

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View options side-by-side to understand how different scenarios compare in the near-term and long-term.

Make an Informed Decision

If a solar-powered EV seems like a good investment for you, take the next steps towards getting started.

This tool was funded by the California Solar Initiative RD&D Program and will be available for use by PG&E, SCE and SDG&E customers until September 30, 2016.

Choose a plug-in vehicle, then choose a conventional vehicle for comparison.

Vehicle information is sourced from for the current model year except where noted.

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Currently, this tool is only available for residential customers.

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Installing solar panels on your home can offset the electricity cost of EV charging.


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    This tool simplifies the complexity of deciding to purchase solar or an electric vehicle by making intelligent assumptions, automating the rooftop analysis and providing recommendations to get you started. The tool strives for objectivity and reasonable accuracy.

    However, there are factors that may alter results, including specific equipment attributes, your driving habits and local climate, complex installation scenarios, unaccounted for shading and roof obstructions, credit worthiness, specific tax situations, aesthetic preferences, and potential changes to your utility rates.

    The charts, graphs and analysis provided by this tool are for illustrative purposes only and do not constitute a representation by the California Solar Initiative as to whether or not you should install solar or purchase an electric vehicle.