Affordable Electric Vehicles & Solar Charging

Fully electric vehicles (EV) are becoming affordable to buy and run free with solar power.  With plans for fast plug-in stations linking major cities within the next 12 months, perhaps it’s time to invest in more solar panels!

The Hyundai Ioniq full battery car is the cheapest on the market at around $45,000 with a range of 230km on one charge.  That’s about the distance from Sydney to Bathurst. Plug-in hybrids and hybrids are available for about a third of the price.

Charging an EV from a wall socket will take 12 hours.  Standard EV chargers significantly reduce this time.  The World’s first Solar EV Charger from SolarEdge does it 2.5 times faster than standard chargers.  For example, based on 5kW/kWh the charge time would be 1 to 1.5 hours for a distance of 50km per day using the SolarEdge EV Charger.  Usually plenty for a daily commute. Plugged into a fast charging station, the likes of which will link Melbourne, Sydney, Canberra, Brisbane and Adelaide within the next 12 months, the Hyundai Ioniq can be charged to 80 per cent range in just over 20 minutes.

The SolarEdge EV Charger

The SolarEdge EV charger is incorporated in a single phase inverter.  Customers can charge their EVs directly from the power of the sun, maximising solar use and further reducing electricity bills. An additional benefit is 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.  A further benefit is integration with the SolarEdge monitoring platform, enabling you to track power use.

Whether you own an EV now or just want to be EV-ready, give us a call to talk about size of solar system.

Key Benefits of EV Charger

  • Combines sun and grid power for charging up to 2.5 times faster than a standard EV charger
  • Reduces workload and costs of installing separately a standalone EV charger and a PV inverter
  • An EV-ready solution, future-proofed for new EV purchase or replacement, and compatible with multiple EV connectors
  • Maximises self-consumption by using excess solar for EV charging
  • Fully integrated with the SolarEdge monitoring platform (monitoring connection is also required for first-time EV charging)
  • Built-in meter enables separate tracking of EV power usage for visibility and control
  • 12-year warranty(1), extendable to 20 or 25 years
  • Demand-Response ready

EV Charger Configuration

For EV charger configuration via the monitoring app, Ethernet or ZigBee® connection is required.
Mobile phone connection may be used.  It requires a SIM card with a 1GB data plan that can be purchased from your mobile phone provider.

EV Charging Comparison

Standard EV Charger
(2.7 kW 12A@230Vac)
SolarEdge EV Charger Mode 3 with
Solar Boost Mode

Charging speed depends on PV production
(Maximum 7.4kW 32A@ 230Vac)(2)
Added kilometers per
1 hour of charging (3)
8 to 15 kilometers 35 to 40 kilometers
Charge time for
daily commute (3)
4 to 8 hours 1 to 1.5 hours


1EV charging cable and connector are not included
2 Check your car manual for maximum charge rate
3 Assuming 5 km/kWh and with a European household average driving distance of 50 km per day

Download the EV charging single phase inverter brochure and give us a call to talk about opportunities now and into the future using solar.

Charge an electric vehicle with a solar inverter

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.