AbstractThe Solar-2-Vehicle project began in December 2012 under the auspices of the Rutgers Energy Institute using Rutgers electricity, existing infrastructure and a plug-in vehicle provided by the Rutgers EcoComplex. It was proposed to operate the vehicle in a typical commuter mode limited to work-place charging during daylight hours as a tie-in to the solar-power being generated on campus by the two large Livingston campus arrays. This routine was carried out and data were logged on electricity and gasoline usage as well as the practical availability of the parking spaces where the charging stations were installed. In the process of logging these data more has been learned about the range limits of vehicles and how to project their efficiency in the workplace-only charging scenario. In addition, this project has provided outreach to the EV and alternative fuel community in the region and highlighted unique capability existing at Rutgers in the EV-engineering area. The data collected and the quantitative interpretations are presented below.
SubjectsSolar power usage, Electric vehicles, Energy optimization, Carbon footprint reduction
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