In 2019, over two million electric vehicles (EVs) were purchased, doubling the amount sold in 2017. According to studies, experts estimate that the volume of electric vehicles will reach 245 million by the year, 2030.
As auto makers continue to expand their selection of electric vehicles, there will also come new and innovative ways to provide the electricity that will power those vehicles.
It is a well-known fact that switching over to electric vehicles will prove to be safer for the environment. If you are serious about reducing your carbon footprint, you should consider installing a solar-powered charging station for your electric vehicle. Regardless of the type of energy your grid relies on, you will have a sustainable source of fuel for your transportation needs.
How do you know that solar powered EVSEs will work for you? Here, we will discuss the costs, requirements, and equipment needed to independently and autonomously power a vehicle.
How does it work?
Like gasoline, electricity can be expensive. Sure, you can plug an EVSE to the power grid and pay the utility costs to charge your car. However, carbon emissions could be reduced even further by using solar power, a renewable energy source, instead. For homes that already own a solar system or are thinking about purchasing one to charge a car, it may require fewer panels than expected.
Generally speaking, it should take about 14 solar panels to charge your EV. Of course, this number may vary depending on how much you drive, the efficiency of your vehicle, the sunshine in your area and the type of panels you have installed. The price for a solar system installation of this size will likely lie somewhere between $20,000 to $25,000 before incentives.
To get a better understanding of how many solar panels you may need to charge a car, you will want to find out how many kilowatt-hours (kWh) it takes for the car to travel 100 miles. This can be found by searching for the vehicle model on the government website on fuel economy.
Next, use the following formula to calculate how much extra electricity you will need to power your car each month: (kWh per 100 mi for your electric vehicle * monthly miles driven) / 100 = kWh needed per month
Once you have this number, you will then need to find out what type of solar panel you want. The amount of electricity produced by a panel will depend on the type of panel, where it is installed and the weather in your area.
Once you know how much electricity the solar panel of your choice produces, take the product of the above equation and divide it by the kWh per 100 miles for your electric vehicle. You will then be left with the number of solar panels needed to sufficiently power your vehicle.
What Equipment Is Needed to use Solar Power for an Electric Vehicle?
So now that we know electric vehicles can be charged with solar power, what equipment is needed to make this possible? Aside from the obvious solar panels, there are two main pieces of equipment that will be needed to power a vehicle via solar energy: battery storage and a charging station.
Though the panels will produce the solar energy needed for the vehicle, you will also need a way to store that energy. This is especially important as most people charge their EVs overnight when the sun is not shining. There are several battery storage options on the market to choose from. Whatever you choose, be sure that it has a capacity large enough to help you meet your daily mileage needs.
In order to use solar power to charge an EV, you must also have a charging station, usually located in the driveway or garage where you can plug in your car. The recommended charging station is a level 2 as it is the most popular and offers faster charging times. There are many options available for purchase including charging stations that are Wi-Fi-enabled, allowing you to monitor your charging status on your smart phone.
Though electric vehicles are considered an eco-friendly option in comparison to gasoline-powered vehicles, global warming will continue to be an issue if conventional sources of electricity are being used to power them. Avoid fuel costs and enjoy endless accessibility to power for your car by switching over to solar-powered EVSEs.
As electric vehicles become more popular, the transformation from gas powered cars will rely heavily on trade professionals who can supply the labor needed to upgrade private and public infrastructure. Electricians who are able to install and maintain charging stations will be in demand as well as designers and home builders who incorporate charging effortlessly into their home and work places layouts.
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