Can you charge your Electric Vehicle (EV) with solar?

How much solar do you really need to charge up your EV for your daily commute? In this blog we give you the answers.

Live the solar lifestyle at home & on the road

Imagine a future where your whole life is powered by sunshine. You drive home in your electric car,  park in the garage, and plug into your charging station. There is no doubt that the future is electric. And if you want it to work for you in all aspects of your life including helping to top up your EV battery, it should be solar too. 

The good news is that with the right solar system size and design you can charge your car for the daily commute.

Power up your daily commute

With the right solar system you’ll be able to charge your car enough to make your daily commute cheap and easy. No stopping of at the petrol station to fill up, or untimely stops at public EV charging stations 

Use More, Pay Less

If you’re still relying on grid energy which keeps getting more expensive by the month, charging your EV could end up a costly affair. Your electricity bills are already bursting at the seams – how will you afford to charge an EV as well? To avoid having to skip the laundry and turn off your air-con just to make your morning commute, getting a solar system could be the answer you are looking for.

With the right solar power system, you can significantly cut your power bills by powering your home during the day with your solar panels,  and store enough energy in your solar battery to power your home through the night. You can also ensure that you have enough power to take care of your daily drive.

If you have an electric car, a correctly sized solar system with a battery that takes into account how much power your car needs to complete your daily trips, would most likely be able to satisfy your day-to-day EV charging requirements (see the chart below).

Charging your electric vehicle with solar

Charging your electric vehicle with solar is as simple as knowing how much power you need for your daily drive. Then you figure out what solar system you need – for most homes, a 6.6kW system with a 10kWh battery takes care of your home power needs – then add the panels and battery capacity you need to power up your EV for your daily commute. The simple chart below shows how much extra power you’ll need for your vehicle:

So, how does it work in practice? Let’s say you live in a typical household with typical power needs. If you install a 6.6kW panel system with a 10kWh battery, you can reduce your energy costs by up to 90%*. 

But what if you drive an electric car 40km a day?

 Well, then you’d need an additional 8kWh of battery space and an extra 2kW worth of panels**. If you were to install a correctly sized system to allow for EV charging, you’d have enough power to cancel out the power you’d need to top up to complete your daily drive. There might even be enough left over to send a bit back into the grid via our ShineHub VPP to earn some additional passive income from your system.

Live the solar lifestyle at home, and on the road

We hear from people all the time who tell us that solar can be overwhelming. There’s so much information floating around and so many different things to consider. It’s an important decision, and sometimes it feels like too much to sort through to get to the best solution for your particular needs.

That’s why at ShineHub we aim to keep things as simple as possible. We make sure everything is clear and straightforward so that you know what you’re getting and how it’s going to save you money. 

Think of it as getting an all-inclusive solar lifestyle package taking care of your home and on road power needs with solar panels, solar battery storage, and Virtual Power Plant solutions^

Our affordably priced systems come with free installation and include powerful product warranties (25 years on panels & 10 years on batteries). Plus unlike some other battery warranties out there, ours is not affected by VPP participation, or charging your EV which often reduces the warranted number of battery discharge cycles on other battery warranties. 

So even if you are discharging your battery more often to charge your daily drive overnight, and participating in our free ShineHub VPP,  you can rest assured that your warranty will hold up.

A Brighter Future with Solar

For Australia’s solar families, the future is now. They’re living lives powered by sunshine, with power bills that don’t break the bank every quarter, air-con or heating whenever they want it, and enough power to meet the majority of their needs without resorting to expensive grid energy that keeps getting more expensive.

Take a bold step into a brighter future with a ShineHub solution designed to accommodate charging your EV for the daily commute!

Electric cars, more demanding home appliances, and hotter summers are all becoming a reality. Installing a large solar system sets you up for a future that gets more focused on electricity every year. If you’ve got enough roof space for a bigger system, go for it! A solar system like this can future-proof your home, save you money, and safeguard your quality of life well into the future.

The future is all electric, and it’s time to get ready for this transformation. With an expertly sized solar and battery system from ShineHub you could charge your EV with sunshine, and enjoy greater savings on your power bill at the same time.

Make your future sustainable. Make it solar

Ready to power up your daily drive with sunshine? Chat with our friendly experts and make the switch today!

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* Savings vary according to individual circumstances.  Terms and Conditions apply.

**The calculations are based on the average EV power efficiency as of 2021.  Any change in power efficiency (IE the amount of kilometers that can be driven from 1 kWh of electricity) will change the figures.  Assuming EVs get more efficient over time, this means that less and less solar kWh are required to power a given daily commute.

^Must sign up to the ShineHub VPP. Shinehub VPP terms and conditions apply.

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