SolarEdge has introduced an electric vehicle (EV) charging single phase solar inverter. It enables households with solar power systems to charge their electric vehicles directly from the solar inverter without having to buy a separate EV charger. They will also benefit from the ability to charge EVs up to 2.5 times faster than a standard EV charger through an innovative solar boost mode that uses grid and solar charging simultaneously. The EV charging inverter is fully integrated with the SolarEdge monitoring platform.
Depending on your solar energy production, SolarEdge estimates the boosted inverter will give you 35 to 40kms/1 hour of charging compared to 8 to 15kms from a standard EV charger.
sonnenCharger for EVs linked to sonnenCommunity
Another innovative EV charger solution comes from German-based, solar battery manufacturer, sonnen which in early 2018 introduced the sonnenCharger in Europe. It is a smart home charge point that charges your electric car from your own cheap solar power. It is connected to the internet and sonnen’s mobile app.
The innovative thing is that it is linked to the Company’s community of energy storage devices. This means that if a member of the sonnenCommunity with an electric vehicle needs to charge but doesn’t have sufficient solar power, they can use excess energy from other sonnenCommunity members to cover their shortfall and still power their EV with clean solar power.
In Australia, people who have purchased a sonnenBatterie eco and joined sonnenFlat are already members of the pool of 10s of thousands of people who are coming together to form the World’s largest virtual power plant of its kind. The introduction of the sonnenCharger in Europe brings transport in the shape of electric vehicles into a system that is already meeting energy needs previously provided by fossil fuels.
Whether you already have an electric car or think you might in the future, contact us to discuss your options.