Everything You Need to Know About Solar Car Charging
Transport usage is the second biggest emitter of greenhouse gas in Australia. In order to help the world get to net zero carbon, smarter transport options are needed. This is where electric cars come in. Electric cars emit zero carbon emissions when they refuel with renewable resources. As we cannot install a wind turbine or a hydro system at our home or workplace, a solar panel electric car charger is the best option.
This allows you to save on petrol costs and energy expenses whilst improving your building’s green rating. After all–electric car charging makes the most sense when it’s done using solar power. Furthermore choosing energy companies that supply green energy further helps reduce emissions when using grid-based electricity.
How to take advantage of solar-powered electric car chargers?
The easiest way to power your vehicle using solar is to plug your vehicle into the EV station during the day. No grid electricity will be needed if the amount of energy your solar generates is greater than or equal to the amount needed for your vehicle. If this is not the case, grid power will be used to make up the difference, please take this into consideration when refueling your EV during a cloudy day or at night. Smart solar battery systems may be able to store energy and distribute it at later times. There are new generation EV stations such as the Ocular IQ Solar, which has three different charging modes to suit all levels of solar production and the needs of the driver. Please note a grid supply is still required for times of low solar production and to protect from micro charging.
How much power is required to refill my vehicle?
This really depends on which vehicle you purchase, and your daily distance travelled. On average, we have found that the average person drives for 50kms. During the refill process the vehicle would require 9 kW of power. Normally solar panels produce between 300-400 Watts of energy per panel per hour. Therefore a small single phase 5kW system should be enough to power your vehicle over a few hours. This is an example, for more specific enquiries into solar panel electric car chargers please call EVSE. (1300 406 210)
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The solution that EVSE recommends is the Ocular IQ Solar. The IQ Solar uses a combination of tools to power your EV. Solar car charging modes include exclusive solar and a hybrid of grid and solar and a fast mode to charge irrespective of solar production. Giving you flexibility and confidence that this solar car charging solution will have your fully charger when you need to be.
The Ocular IQ Solar includes
- CT clamps to monitor excess solar
- App functionality for scheduled sessions to increase power rates during the day and to take advantage of off peak electricity
- Energy Metering to monitor and record your sessions, allowing you to claim tax benefits for business and personal purposes.
The Ocular IQ Solar is compatible with all EV’s in Australia. Compatible with all-electric vehicles and models including: Audi, BMW, BYD, EQC, Holden, Honda, Hyundai, Jaguar, KIA, Mazda, Mercedes Benz, Mini, MG, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Polestar, Porsche, Renault, Rivian, TESLA, Toyota, Volkswagen, Volvo