Driving an Electric Car is about driving greener, with a lower carbon footprint and lower financial running costs.
By charging your car from your own Solar PV system integrated into your home, you can save even more money on your driving costs, whilst further reducing your carbon footprint, by using your own produced 100% green solar energy. This makes a solar panel system for your home the ideal accessory to accompany your electric car.
By moving to an electric car you are already taking a positive step towards a greener low carbon lifestyle. Even using conventional fossil-fuel generated grid power your carbon emissions are vastly reduced.
“A Solar PV Panel system will give you completely green and sustainable electric power that can power your home as well as charging your EV free of any cost”
However generating your own electricity from you own Solar PV panel array you will minimise your impact still further. A Solar PV Panel system will give you a completely green and sustainable electric power source, that can power your home as well as charging your EV free of any cost. Many EV owners think of the purchasing a solar system as pre-buying their fuel for the next few years – at a cost that is very quickly repaid.
Even in the UK it is possible to produce enough power from even a standard domestic sized solar pv system to both power your home, as well as providing the energy required to fuel your car.
A Typical Solar Charging Example
A typical EV (a Nissan Leaf for example) will achieve roughly 4 miles of driving from 1kWh of charge.
A typical 5kW south facing solar pv system produces an average of 18kWh of solar energy per day March to October.
The typical uk home that cooks with an electric stove consumes 9kWh of electricity per day on average. That leaves 9kW of spare solar pv production that can be used to charge your car – that is the equivalent of 36 miles of driving per day (or 13,000 miles pa) plenty for the average daily commute.
“A 5kW Solar PV system is capable of providing all the electricity to both power the average uk home and run a car 36 miles a day from March to October”
Sizing a Solar PV system to suit your home and Lifestyle
The above is a very simple uk average example, but you can use the same basic principles to size a solar pv system to suit both your domestic usage as well as your electric car charging requirements:
Step 1 – calculate your average daily electricity consumption
Step 2 – calculate your average daily mileage and divide by 4, equals kW used driving per day.
Step 3 – add together to give your anticipated daily kwh electricity requirement
Step 4 – times the figure in step 3 by 365 days of the year and divide by 1000 to give the suggested kWh size of pv system needed, in order to completely offset your electric vehicle and domestic electricity requirement.
Under this very basic formula it is possible to completely offset all of your annual electricity requirement.
What does your car run on? if its still fossil fuel, maybe its time to change…