Over Memorial Day weekend, the staff members at Altus Power test drove a 2011 Tesla Roadster S, an electric sports car capable of accelerating from a standstill to 60 mph in 3.7 seconds – making it faster than most Ferraris.
The biggest difference with this sports car, however, is the way you refuel it: at night, simply plug the cord into the the nearest wall socket and in the morning the “tank” is full again. Having spent a weekend with a sports car that recharged at home, the Altus staff agreed that refueling at a fossil fuel gas station seems hopelessly archaic and expensive.
Like solar, the Tesla promises an improved carbon footprint, as well as savings on fuel over time. In the not-too-distant future, Greenwich, as well as towns and cities across the country, will partner with companies like Altus to erect solar-generated electric vehicle charging stations and provide green driving solutions.