Safety is a top concern for everyone. Understandably so. With the staggering number of accidents and deaths on our road systems, it’s a wonder we even have the guts to get out of bed in the morning, let alone hop in a self-guided, land-bound missile made of metal and glass and full of combustible liquid — only to merge onto a freeway teeming with thousands of other similar missiles, all going to different locations. (Bet you never thought about driving to work in those frightening terms before).
Vehicle charging systems haven’t changed much over the last few decades. But with the increasing complexity of the modern automobile, along with the addition of many aftermarket accessories such as cell phones, DVD players, high-power audio systems, alarms etc., the role of the charging system is now more important than ever.
It seems like electric vehicles (EV) are producing a lot of buzz lately! From President Obama visiting an electric vehicle battery plant in Michigan to Nissan reporting it has over 16,000 reservations for its new plug-in vehicle, there is no stopping this new electric car! According to the Department of Energy’s American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, the Department of Energy will help deploy 13,000 new, grid-connected vehicles and put 20,000 charging stations in residential, commercial and public locations nationwide during the next few years 1. What will the era of the electric car bring? While the electric automobile could indeed free us from dependence on foreign oil and save us a few bucks at the pump, it could also represent the dawn of a cleaner, greener source of transportation. One of the main ways electric cars can be truly green is to have them be solar-powered.