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Using solar power for electric vehicle charging stations

Monday 18 April 2016

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In the UK last year, the number of electric cars on the road more than doubled to almost 54,000. This figure includes electric hybrid cars that combine both a petrol engine and electric motor. The idea of driving a zero emission vehicle is certainly increasing in popularity. Did you know a PV solar array could not only help you to save money on your energy bills and earn you an extra income, but the same system could be used to charge your electric vehicle?

The solar powered charging port

Part of the challenge with solar panels is installing them in a place that is not only discreet but also is positioned suitably to harness the sun’s power effectively. Our solar car port is simplistic in design with the entire construction of the roof made up of 15 solar panels meaning there is no conflict between the panels and the other roofing materials and the oak frame seamlessly integrates with both natural and more suburban surroundings.

The system is just under 4kW which is the typical size of a solar array for a domestic installation. On average, roughly 50% of the energy generated by solar panels is exported back to the grid, power that could be used to charge your electric car. Depending on your requirements, the port is suitable for 2 vehicles. 

Using your electric car’s battery storage to help power your home

One of the most exciting aspects of electric car technology is that many of the cars use the same energy storage system that are becoming a popular and important addition to a PV solar system to help homeowners maximise their return on investment and make use of energy that would typically be exported back to the grid. The energy batteries in Tesla’s Powerwall is the same battery system used to power their electric cars. With this in mind, it’s possible for your car to double up as an energy storage system, storing energy to be used during more peak times in the evening.

Understanding the energy needs for your electric vehicle

Here at Run By The Sun, we're able to give you an accurate idea of the energy required to charge your electric vehicle and how much energy is leftover to then help power your home. For a no obligation discussion, please don't hesitate to get in touch.