Solar Power News & How One Kid Turned a Junked Celica into an Electric Car

This week in mobility

Nissan In-home System Collects, Stores Solar Energy to charge EVs (Wards Auto)

Nissan moves into the U.K. energy-supply market with the launch of its home solar-energy production and storage package.

It claims the Nissan Energy Solar is an all-in-one solution that combines residential solar panels with an energy-storage system to reduce U.K. homeowners’ energy bills and give them more independence from the national grid while enhancing energy sustainability.

The system allows householders to collect and store the excess energy from their solar panels and use it during the night, possibly to charge their electric vehicles, and on cloudy days.

Francisco Carranza, managing director-Nissan Energy for Nissan Europe says: “Solar panels have become the world’s fastest-growing source of new energy, and we’re thrilled to launch Nissan Energy Solar in the U.K. Over 880,000 U.K. homes already have solar panels installed and they are seeing the benefits every day, from decreasing electricity bills to increasing property values.”

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The Three Stumbling Blocks to a Solar-Powered Nation (WSJ)

As a fraction of our energy mix, renewables in general and solar power, in particular, are growing faster than ever. What seemed like an impossibility just a decade ago—the displacement of fossil fuels from the U.S. power system, if not the world’s—is increasingly a reality. Here are three possible visions of our renewable-energy-powered future…

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How a teenager made his own electric car from a junked Toyota Celica (Digital Trends)

You don’t have to be Elon Musk to think outside the box. At age 12, Adam Lansing decided to convert a gasoline car to electric power after watching his older brother ask their parents for gas money. Six years later, Lansing cruises around in his own homemade electric car, but getting to this point took a lot of work.

The project got started when the father of one of Lansing’s friends overhead him talking about an electric-car conversion, and offered up an engineless 1980 Toyota Celica that was sitting outside his garage with a tree branch growing through the rear bumper. Not the most glamorous of starts, then.

It took Lansing two years to acquire all of the parts he needed for the electric conversion, and two more years to get the car running. He said he rebuilt the Celica 52 times, working up to 20 hours a day on the car to fix problems.

[Read More on Digital Trends]


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