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Can You Charge an Electric Vehicle EV on Solar Power?

Electric vehicles are rapidly hitting the market due to their low cost to operate and zero emissions. This makes homeowners with solar a perfect candidate for an electric car. When going electric, you can expect to spend 50% less on energy (fuel) when compared to gas. Add solar charging into the mix and you can expect the savings to be even higher at 70%.

50 dollars in a standard vehicle will get you approximately 14 gallons. At 35 miles per gallon that will result in 490 miles of range.
50 dollars in solar energy will generate approximately 625-kilowatt hours. At 3 miles per kilowatt-hour that will result in 1,875 miles of range. I think we can see who the clear winner is.

Charging your vehicle during the day when your solar is producing the most energy, is ideal. Not only will this maximize savings, but it will also guarantee that your electric vehicle uses renewable energy to charge its battery. If you are used to charging at nighttime, your E.V is, unfortunately, charging on grid power.

By structuring your charging schedule and plugging in between the hours of 10-4 pm, you can increase the amount of renewable energy used. As electric vehicles increase in popularity, public charging stations will struggle to support the demand for charging.

Setting up your home with a home charger is a fairly easy task and only takes our team a couple of hours. By charging from home you can decrease the congestion at public charging stations, reduce your carbon footprint, and save on the cost of charging. There is nothing better than being able to drive off with a full tank every time you leave home.

Solar Solution AZ offers Stage 2 E.V charging kits for any existing home. Stage 2 chargers can provide your car with 30-40 miles of range per hour of charging. There is currently a tax credit on electric vehicle chargers that can make this equipment affordable for all homeowners. If you are looking to take advantage of the sun, give us a call for a free estimate at (520) 858 0220.


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