US PV manufacturer SunPower is offering affordable rooftop PV systems to Ford electric vehicle owners in the US under a collaborative programme called MyEnergi Lifestyle.
The programme, which is led by car manufacturer Ford, was established by several companies involved in renewable energy, home appliances and power management including SunPower, Eaton, Whirlpool, Infineon and Nest Labs. MyEnergi Lifestyle aims to promote an energy efficient lifestyle among Ford electric vehicle owners by adopting renewable energy sources to power energy efficient home appliances as well as its electric vehicles.
Ford worked with researchers from Georgia Institute of Technology to create a computer model which calculates the electricity usage of a typical family in their home for one year. The results showed that such a lifestyle could help save up to 60% in household energy costs.
As part of the programme, SunPower’s General Manager of the Americas Ken Fong revealed that the company “is offering Ford plug-in vehicle owners the world's most efficient solar power systems to ensure they maximise emission-free power generation for use at home and for their vehicles. SunPower systems offer the industry's best warranty, so homeowners can count on 25 years or more of clean power to support their sustainability goals and generate significant annual savings on their electricity bills.”