Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
How long will my solar vehicle charger last for?
Solar panels typically last for 25-30 years, or three decades. The lifespan of the charging station itself can depend on the model and the frequency of use. For a complete equipment and cost assessment, contact MADE ELECTRIC today!
What is the cost of a solar vehicle charger and how much can I expect to save in the long run by having one installed?
This depends on several factors, but the potential savings over the long run is significant enough that many homeowners are making the switch to solar power. Electric vehicle chargers can vary in price to several hundred to several thousand for more high-end models with more features and capabilities. For the solar panels themselves, this is typically around $3 per watt, or approximately $3,000 for a 1 kW system. Including installation, costs can enter the $10,000 range for a solar power system that will able to sustainably charge your vehicle for several decades.
The investment pays for itself, as you can expect to save thousands of dollars as your annual utility costs of gas and electric is reduced a few hundred. The savings will also be significantly more if you are looking to incorporate an EV system into your already-existing solar array.
What are some tips for optimal solar vehicle charger use and installation?
If you have the benefit of foresight, when planning out your solar energy system, it’s often recommended to map out your system based on any future additional electricity use. Adding an electric vehicle charging system can create a greater demand for power, so it’s important to ensure that there will be enough room. It’s also possible, however, to make room in an already-existing solar panel system by doing things such as switching out your light bulbs for more energy-efficient ones, upgrading your appliances to modern ones that demand less power, etc. This can free up some of the space to allow for other uses.