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ellee
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Thank you everyone for your responses!  Because I will be renting a condo for the first 6 months and probably won't be able to plug into an external 120 outlet at night, and because my future employer does not have EV charging, and because there is not a single public EV charger on St. Croix, I have traded in my Tesla for a Ford Escape Hybrid.  Sadness.

Why solar is not the primary source of electricity and why EVs are not ubiquitous is a mystery, and I am guessing WAPA is behind it.  Not something I'm going to worry about when I first move down.  Maybe a cause after I get settled. 🙂

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Topic starter Posted : November 29, 2020 11:32 pm
jaldeborgh
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I think the issue is the cost of electricity, it’s about double (in some cases more) the mainland, WAPA reliability issues aside.  The cost of solar installations are reasonable, at least on STX, but the upfront capital investment to both power a home and charge an EV might be prohibitive.  Do the math before you decide, assuming it’s an economic decision, hybrid’s might be your best option.

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Posted : November 30, 2020 2:47 am
vicanuck
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Posted by: @jaldeborgh

I think the issue is the cost of electricity, it’s about double (in some cases more) the mainland, WAPA reliability issues aside.  The cost of solar installations are reasonable, at least on STX, but the upfront capital investment to both power a home and charge an EV might be prohibitive.  Do the math before you decide, assuming it’s an economic decision, hybrid’s might be your best option.

My 7.5 KW solar system paid itself off in 4.5 years and the loan cost no more per month than my WAPA bill. Now, I have free electricity!

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Posted : November 30, 2020 8:20 am
jaldeborgh
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I'm a huge advocate of Solar, installed a 9.92kW system (with an 18.5 kWh battery) earlier this year, so we have free electricity as well!  Just wondering what the capacity is needed to support an EV on top of the home.

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Posted : November 30, 2020 8:29 am
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