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The Rundown on 2017 Electric Car Costs

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Comparing the range and cost of EVs currently available

Electric vehicles (EVs) were once an oddity on the roads, but now we see them drive by with regular frequency. The numbers confirm this: sales of EVs are on the rise, jumping 37% from 2015 to 2016 in the US. If you are keen to hop on the bandwagon, your first question may be, “What does an electric car cost?”

We’ve got the the answer to that question and more. Outlined below is a rundown on all the EVs available in 2017, highlighting each car’s availability, maximum range, and efficiency, with a focus on electric car costs and value.

There’s a wide range of options to choose from, as EVs run the gamut from a low of $23,000 to upwards of $140,000 for higher end Teslas. Most, though, sit comfortably between $30k and $40k.

Of course, you generally get what you pay for. As your costs increase, you get more pampering, greater range, and better get-up-and-go.Continue reading

Why You Won’t See the New Prius Solar Roof in the US

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Your questions answered about the Prius Prime’s solar roof

Earlier this year, Panasonic (the same company that manufactures Tesla’s latest low-profile, roof-mounted solar panels) made a pretty exciting announcement. The company developed a new type of PV module specifically meant for the 2017 Toyota Prius Prime. Toyota debuted the new car at the New York Auto Show in March 2017. That’s right – there is now a Prius solar roof option for this popular vehicle.

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How Much is a Tesla? We’ve Got All the Answers

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If you are keen on going green, but still want to drive in luxury, what’s the impact on your wallet?

Tesla’s cars have been all the rage the past few years, as they’ve matched energy efficiency with elegance and charm. But just how much is a Tesla? Are there any financial incentives out there for buying an electric vehicle (EV)? Is it really worth the investment? Let’s take a closer look at how much a brand new Tesla would set us back.

As of July 2017, Tesla officially has 3 cars on the market, the Tesla Model S, the Tesla Model X, and the Tesla Model 3. We will break down the costs of each one separately, using only 2017 models to maintain a fair comparison.Continue reading

How Much Does the sonnenBatterie Cost?

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How much does the sonnenBatterie cost compared to Tesla’s Powerwall?

With the German battery storage manufacturer sonnenBatterie entering the US market and announcing a new, low-cost option for the US, interest in their products seems to be gaining traction on this side of the Atlantic. Let’s take a look at who sonnenBatterie is, how much sonnenBatterie costs, and how they compare to their competitors.

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The “Tesla Off Grid Generator” Scam vs Elon Musk’s Powerwall

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Is the Tesla Off Grid Generator legitimate or a scam?

Nikola Tesla was a famous engineer and inventor best known for his contributions to electricity supply systems. Many have tried to imitate his greatness but few have succeeded. How can you tell if machines currently on the market that bear Tesla’s name, such as the Tesla “Off Grid Generator”, are fact or fiction?

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What are the Tesla Low Profile Solar Panels?

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Tesla’s low profile solar panels are an alternative to traditional solar panels.

By now you’ve probably heard about Tesla’s solar roof tiles – the panels camouflaged to look just like standard roofing shingles, allowing for a subtle, inconspicuous way for homeowners to go solar.

But now Tesla has also designed low profile solar panels for those of us who can’t – or don’t want to – tear off our roof and put up another one just to go solar. These new panels, made in collaboration with Panasonic, offer a subtle look that’s faster and easier to install than old school panels. Continue reading

Update: Tesla Solar Roof Tile Cost vs Regular Solar Panels

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The highly anticipated answer regarding Tesla solar roof tile costs.

Ever since Tesla unveiled their solar tiles in late 2016, we’ve all been waiting and wondering: when will we find out how much a Tesla’s solar roof costs?

Well, they’ve finally answered. The company published a blog post on the topic in early May 2017 and added a calculator to their website that estimates homeowners’ total cost to install solar tiles on their home as well as the savings they’ll earn over the life of the solar panels.

We at Understand Solar analyzed the cost data and took the solar calculator for a ride to see what we could find out.Continue reading

How much does the Tesla Solar Roof cost?

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Tesla’s new solar roof tiles are poised to change the view on solar forever. The question now is: how much will a Tesla Solar Roof cost?

When you think of rooftop solar, you probably think of the classic solar panel setup you’ve seen for years (or maybe even have already). Tesla is looking to change that vision with their new solar roof tiles and, as with any new solar technology, we’re curious: how much will a Tesla Solar Roof cost?

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Tesla Home Charger Options

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Buying a Tesla? Let’s have a look at the different Tesla charging options.

Many of us are so used to stopping at the gas station that we don’t think too far beyond that routine when it comes to powering our vehicles. But now that you are buying a Tesla, trips to the gas station are a thing of the past–you’ll be able to charge your car from the comfort of your garage with a Tesla home charger.

For those of us that might own another electric vehicle (EV), like a Nissan Leaf or a Chevrolet Volt, charging a Tesla will look a little more familiar, but there are still products and qualities unique to this brand.

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How Much Does It Cost to Charge a Tesla?

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To understand the lifetime value of a Tesla, we look at its efficiency and how much it costs to charge one.

Tesla is one of the hottest car manufacturers out there today, driven by sleek, futuristic designs, high performance, and the efficiency of their electric motors. But we must also ask: how much does it cost to charge a Tesla?

A lot of fuss has been made about the cost savings of electric cars – not just Tesla, but electric vehicles from Toyota, Nissan, Volkswagen, and Chevy as well. Often they are more expensive than their gas-powered counterparts, but maintenance costs over the lifetime of the car are much lower.

You spend more up front just buying the car, but your fuel costs over the life of the car are much lower, as purchasing electricity is much cheaper than gas.

So how efficient is a Tesla, and how much do they cost to charge?

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