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Solar Power for Your Vehicle, Straight to Your Garage

Lindsey Patterson Sep 26, 2019
As electric vehicles become more accessible, there's going to be a greater need for electric car chargers. It only makes sense to have car chargers that are able to work with solar power. An electric car owner who is environmentally conscious may also have a home that runs on solar power.

Installing Solar Electric Vehicle Chargers

In order to install the proper EV charger, the installer will need to know the daily electrical usage amount. The installer will need to calculate conversion losses. The installer will have to know the power usage of vehicle and especially, the guidelines when it comes to recharging as per the manufacturer of EV.
A charging station for electric cars is an area that surges electricity into a vehicle to recharge it. If the home is equipped with solar panels along with a solar ev charger, you are now ready to charge at home. It takes 5 miles per hour of charging. The amount of time is increased by using the grid with solar power.

Less Installation Time, Shorter Costs

As solar ev chargers are getting more advanced, shortcuts are being made to make the process easy. The PV inverter and circuit breaker are no longer needed. The amount of wires has reduced, installation time has been shortened, and with shorter installation time, the costs have gone down.


Another name for charging stations is EVSE. It stands for electric vehicle supply equipment. There are varying fees for using these stations. The fees are usually one flat rate, charged monthly or yearly. Stations subsidized by the government do not have a fee.

Level 1 EVSE

There are different level stations having different charging speeds. With level one stations the voltage used is 120V AV plug. It offers approximately 5 miles per hour of charge. Level one stations require a dedicated circuit.

Level 2 EVSE

Level two stations utilize 240V AC plug. It charges 10-20 miles for every one hour charged. Level two stations are similar to home charging systems. These types of stations are the most common.

Level 3 EVSE

Level three is also called DC fast chargers. This type of station uses a powerful 480V, DC plug. It sends DC electricity directly to the battery. This is done using a unique charging port.

Variety of Stations

Some stations are now equipped with smart metering. This allows the driver to see how many more miles they have to use and other factors. The features work seamlessly with current technology and help the driver to plan his driving effectively. These advanced stations have cellular capability along with network connectivity.