With so many options to upgrade your home with green energy, it can be overwhelming to find the right fit for you. Here, we explain the benefits to having both solar energy and electric vehicles.
Getting an electric vehicle? Considering solar? Or perhaps you drive an EV but haven’t installed solar yet, or vice versa. No matter where you are in upgrading your life with green energy solutions, we’re here to answer your questions. Here’s what you need to know about the perfect pairing of solar and EV.
Can I use solar to charge my EV?
Yes. Not only can solar energy charge your entire home, it can also power the battery of your electric vehicle.
What solar equipment do I need to charge my EV?
Most whole-home energy solutions companies set you up with everything you need, but here’s a quick checklist:
How many solar panels do I need for my EV?
A standard number is about 10 solar panels. Most residences get 20-30 panels installed, so you should have more than enough power to charge your electric vehicle. Keep in mind that the number of panels varies on the size of your car’s battery, its mileage rating, and the distance you’re driving each day.
Do I need solar batteries to charge my EV?
No. It’s likely you won’t have to charge the EV’s full battery all at one time. It’s also likely you’ll be charging the vehicle at night during which you can earn net metering benefits — credit for solar energy that you contribute to the grid during the day. With those benefits, the grid can act as your additional energy storage, or battery.
That being said, it’s never a bad idea to consider solar batteries as part of your whole-home energy solution. Not only can solar batteries store the energy you generate but don’t use, they can also act as back-up energy sources during a power outage.
What is the green benefit of pairing solar with my EV?
You probably already know the environmental perks that come with making the switch from a gas-powered vehicle to an electric one. But did you know that when you charge your EV using grid power, you’re using an energy source of which nearly 60% is supplied by power plants fueled by non-renewable energy? So even though your vehicle doesn’t run on coal, you’re still powering it that way. Charging your electric vehicle with solar allows for a completely carbon-neutral footprint.
Is it cheaper to charge my electric vehicle with solar?
Yes. For one, producing your own energy at home with solar cuts your electric costs in half when compared to sourcing energy from the grid. That’s savings you’ll enjoy regardless of if you drive an electric vehicle or not. But additionally, if you use solar to charge your EV you’re looking at even greater savings — especially when calculated over time. Consider these numbers:
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