A new direction with EV-charging by PV solar panels.
PV & EV-charging.
PV solar panels are bringing the power of the sun to the electric vehicle industry. Astute EV-owners are charging their cars with photovoltaics to augment free motoring miles.
In a nutshell.
Electrons are like cats; they go where ever the food is best. PV electrons are the same, they go to your washing machine, PV heating converter or the demand for your EV charging console.
Today's EV charging points are appearing everywhere from Hotels to business car parks. Domestic charging points for your EV are very elegant-in-design.
The science bit.
Li-on batteries are well-proven in Chinese taxis because they do over 100,000 miles and still, have 80% charging abilities. In cycle terms, a Li-on battery will last a decade and then another decade at 80% capacity. 20 years plus is no problem for EV's.
Range from 250-300 miles per charge.
IET EV compliant.
BSI Certificated to BS EN 60335-1 for safe home use.
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"Electric vehicles are today marketed on the fact that they are cleaner and cheaper to run than petrol/diesel engines, but few mention that PV-powered EV's are best."
Do I need planning permission to install an EV charging system?
No, the charging system is compliant with all building regulations and is suitable for installation without a planning permission requirement.
Can your EV charge system be used with an electric vehicle?
Yes, almost every electric vehicle currently on the UK market can charge from our mode 2 leads system. Even using a standard 13 amp domestic socket will fully charge an EV overnight.
Can the EV charge point be installed in my garage?
Yes, the charging system can be installed both indoors and outdoors and is designed to withstand our variable weather in the UK.
Can I DIY or self-install an EV charging point?
Yes, as long as you have full Part P accreditation. Find local and qualified electrician if you wish to purchase an EV charge point without our professional installation service.
Can I use a charging point for other reasons?
Yes, the charge point doubles up as a traditional electric socket that's ideal for home/garden maintenance, charging mobility scooters and electric bikes, etc.
Is your charging system future proof?
Yes, it is designed to be future proof and easily upgradable to a full Mode three fast-charge format in addition to upgrading kits that are available if you decide to increase the number of electric cars in your household.
How much does a charge point installation cost?
The costs of an EV charge point installation depends on several factors. A consultation appointment can be arranged to give you your options and costs.
Can my PV solar panels generate all the free power I need to charge my EV?
Yes, most of the time, but depends on several factors including PV system size, weather conditions and your household power demands when charging. If you're able to charge your electric vehicle during the daylight hours, then it is entirely plausible to get the majority of your charge from the sun.
How long does your charge unit last?
The robust design allows us to guarantee the installation for ten years, but the life expectancy is easily double that.
Can I choose where to install the charge point?
Yes, although we would usually install the charging point near as possible to the location of your parked EV.
How soon can you install?
Our nationwide network of installers are very accommodating and in most cases will allow you to choose a preferred installation date.
What maintenance is required?
No routine maintenance is required.
What we look for with EV chargers:
The internal combustion engine's development in 1807 at a time when the coal-powered industrial revolution was in its infancy. Little has changed since then - until today.
A fully charged EV (electric vehicle) even without PV solar panels to charge it, can power an average home for approximately two days. Potentially earning their owners as much as 800.00 GBP a year using new smart energy technology, says Nissan.
One perceived technological hurdle of having a lot of EV's on the road is the potential strain on the National Grid, possibly causing infrastructure failure.
Being able to use electric vehicles as a two-way 'battery storage' device to divert energy out of the car battery-storage system will actually 'relieve the strain' and increase grid-stability once EV car demand goes mainstream.
This system isn't like syphoning petrol out of the tank. Unlike traditional fuel, electricity prices and its demand fluctuate throughout the day. Many EV owners charge their cars during off-peak nighttime periods for lower price rates. More astute EV owners charge their vehicles during the day with photovoltaic solar panels for free.
Under such a 'smart technology' proposal, electric vehicle owners even without PV panels on their home, would now be able to sell their stored electricity 'back to the grid' for more money than they paid for it. These technologies would replicate and essentially turn your car into a 'two-way' storage device.
Smarter energy storage and a 'two-way' feed-in/feed-out system is the 'keystone' to a smart energy future that alleviates the issue of intermittent supply that many people considered alternative technologies Achilles heel. This technology changes the rules of the energy game completely.
This innovative two-way system will encourage EV and PV uptake, while be integrating these symbiotic technologies as additional plugins to the current network. This assimilation will help the spread of electric vehicle mobility within the country, benefiting the energy sector, the environment and the EV owners' wallets too.
I see the positive effects of electric vehicle ownership as progress away from a now two hundred-year-old combustion technology, but also being the 'mobile' energy hubs for the future. Great efforts are being made today within car manufacturing and alternative technology industries to pioneer a 'self-sustaining' energy infrastructure that will help solve the capacity issues of the future.
Smart energy management is one of the most significant challenges the world faces in the future, which is why the feasibility of such a 'smart grid' can become more flexible and ultimately more sustainable as the world begins to face-up to its vast problems.
After two hundred years of tinkering, and refining of our ability to burn hydrocarbons, the world is finally ready for a new revolution in technology. Ironically, the first internal combustion engine was fueled by hydrogen, and it has taken this long to wake-up to the benefits of hydrogen fuel cell technology too.
Photovoltaic discoveries have been around since 1839 too, and as if in parallel these synergistic technologies have been suppressed - until today. Today, PV solar panels are now powering the manufacturing processes that are producing a 'new generation' of electric vehicles.
Today, alternative Technologies are powering the manufacture of today's new alternative technologies.
Now that's real technological progress, bt three significant events have occurred recently.
Nissan has switched to a new photovoltaic farm at its biggest manufacturing site in Sunderland. Made of up 19,000 PV solar panels, the new 4.75 MW system is now fully operational and helping build a new-generation of EV vehicles.
Additionally the EV (electric vehicle) Grand Prix or Formula E racing championship is becoming the new 'hipster' in the racing calendar. Major cities across the world, including London, are falling over themselves to host and be associated with the event.
Manufacturer's, drivers, cities and countries are seeing the writing on the wall, and the technological advances made within the EV sector are shining through and laying down the path towards your future vehicle.
The tide of progress towards electric vehicles transcends just motor racing with Norway being the first country to head toward a petrol-free economy before 2025. There's nothing more powerful than when a technologies time has come.
Forward-looking and forward advancements are not just occurring within the rich world, as the developing world has now unashamedly overtaken the developed world for alternative energy deployment for the first time this year.
It's shameful that even the UK was being outspent by "much poorer countries" for failing to create the right environment for investors in alternative technologies while pledging to go "all out" for more destructive fracking.
As the rest of the world drives forward with investment and adoption of 'free energy' technologies, we as a country ashamedly don't give our children any vision for a better, cleaner future.
If it takes a mere graffiti artist to inspire our young children, then we are a country that has lost its way in the world. If it takes nations like Norway, Malaysia and even Saudi Arabia to show us the way forward with their renewable energy ambitions, then our Eton schooled politicians are either ignorant, deceitful or at least accused of not working for the benefit of the country.
The rest, as they say, will become history.
In a nutshell.
Reducing reliance; promoting independence.
Helping people recognise the futility of Switch N' Save.
PV solar panels and EV's work brilliantly together.
Our enthusiasm for photovoltaics has grown alongside global demand.
We make installing photovoltaics as easy as possible.
The next three decades without geopolitics affecting your household.
Feel the pride once installed and powering your lifestyle.
"Forward with confidence."
Founder of Power My Home.