Can Home Solar Panels Charge My Car?

There is a whole slew of people who have been won over by the benefits of owning an electric car, safe in the knowledge that unlike regular gas-guzzling cars on the roads theirs is not producing any emissions. They are a very pleasant driving experience too. The positives of the experience of owning one add to the positives of having a greener and cleaner production in our lives, with an estimated one in 4 households intending to purchase an electric car within the next 5 years. The only thing that is probably keeping that figure as it is currently is the worry of having nowhere to charge the electric vehicle close to home. This leads many to wonder, are solar panels for your home an option? Will they generate enough power?

EV Charging at Home

Whilst EV charging points are now popping up all over the UK, the most convenient is the home charging point by your front door. With a focus on how to keep your electricity bills down to use this option, people often wonder how solar panels installed at home can charge their cars.

By investing in your electric or plug-in hybrid car, you have made a conscious decision to reduce your carbon footprint and save some money in the process. In doing that you will want to ensure you are adding to that value if you go the route of adding solar panel cost to that order.

The good news is that you can charge your electric vehicle completely off of sunshine as solar panels and electric vehicles are a perfect match for each other. If you work from home or spend long hours throughout the day within the confines of your home, then your car can be charged directly via your solar panel system whilst it is generating solar energy.

Overnight Charging

If you are among the many that prefer to charge their car overnight, a solar battery storage system is a worthy investment so that solar energy can be stored for use overnight. Solar batteries can store excess solar energy from your panels for evening and night use – and happily, that includes your EV charger.

Solar panels generate electricity from UV lighting that absorbs packets of photons, which even works during periods of the year when heavy snowfall is present. The inverter changes the current from DC to AC so it can be used domestically and any surplus AC energy not in demand is stored in the battery for use at night.

Overnight, your household appliances are running and the electric car can be powered for the next day.

For more information on implementing solar panels for your home, renewable energy and commercial solar, contact the team at Positive Energy Solutions today.

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