Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
How much will a solar vehicle charger cost?
This largely depends on how much power is required (and therefore how many solar panels need to be installed). An electric vehicle charging station can typically be as low as $600, with more high-end models costing a few thousand. For the solar panels themselves, it tends to hover around $3 per watt, or $3,000 for a 1 kW system. Including installation costs, the investment typically totals up to around $10,000. Many homeowners find that the savings afforded as a result of regularly using a solar vehicle charger practically pays off the cost of installation and equipment. Especially with gas prices rising year after year, you can expect to save thousands by going electric.
How often do solar panels need to be replaced?
Solar panels typically last for 25-30 years even with constant use, meaning you will be able to charge your vehicle for decades before having to worry about replacements, which is why it is often considered a worthy investment by many homeowners.
How reliable is a solar vehicle charger? Will it work on cloudy days?
Solar panels are considered reliable because of the battery system incorporated within it, which allows it to store energy that is obtained from the sun. This makes it so the panels absorb sunlight whenever possible (while the sun is out) for later use. That energy can be accessed whenever the homeowner needs it, including during times when the sun is no longer visible. This is especially convenient for electric vehicle charging, since most homeowners often leave their cars charging overnight.