Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
What factors determine how many solar panels I will need for my solar vehicle charger?
The more power that you will need to power your car, the more solar panels will be required. The type of electric vehicle you drive, how much you drive, and the battery system within the solar panel system therefore determines the amount of solar panels needed for the home. Different vehicles have different specifications in how they burn energy. How much you drive can also affect how much power you’ll need. Shorter round-trip commutes to work, for example, (often in denser urban areas) will require less panels. Special attention should be paid during installation to ensure that your solar energy system will have a good battery capacity. A licensed electrician will be able to work with you to calculate how much energy your vehicle will require per day (and therefore how many solar panels will need to be installed for your home).
How much does the average solar vehicle charger cost?
The total cost of all of the equipment plus installation can vary greatly depending on your charger/solar panel specifications, as well as the layout of your home. Charging stations can range in price from under $600 to a few thousand, while solar panels tend to hover around $3 per watt, or $3,000 for a 1 kW system. For many homeowners, the savings afforded by having a solar vehicle charger installed often pays for itself, as thousands of dollars can be saved from switching to solar power.
Where can I have my electric vehicle charger installed?
Charging stations are usually installed inside garages, where cars can be left charging overnight. Some, however, are installed outside along driveways. It’s important to ensure that your charging station will be installed in a place where it can sufficiently reach your vehicle without causing complications. For example, it should be installed at the right height so when you back into the driveway, you reduce the chances of hitting and damaging the equipment.