Are you ready for an electric and eco-friendly future with your electric car? SolarWide can help you with this transition. SolarWide have seen an increase in interest in installing EV charging stations over the past few months.
In comparison to the United States, China, and Europe, where the industry has expanded at a rapid pace, Australians have been reluctant to adopt electric vehicles, partly because the Federal Government support that is required to grow this new EV industry has been lacking so far.
But the times are changing. We have had more enquiries than ever before 12 months ago, and we started installing these modern EV charging systems around Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast.
SolarWide has increasingly been involved in installing EV chargers for modern homes
SolarWide is proud to be at forefront of this transport revolution. With lower vehicle running costs we are sure Electric Vehicles (EVs), will continue to grow in popularity, as more and more models come into Australia.
SolarWide can supply and implement the charging station solutions of major suppliers for your home and business. Due to our decades of experience in high-quality and technically challenging electrical ad solar work, we will be able to serve this new consumer segment well.
In 2021 there seems to have been a shift in the Australian mindset towards EVs with roughly 60% of Australians saying in a recent survey that they would consider purchasing an EV as their next car.
SolarWide, with our off -grid and on -grid solar experience now has a solid in-house experience in the integration of vehicle charging stations on the Sunshine Coast as well as the wider Brisbane region. We look forward to assisting customers with finding the best ways to use solar power for EV charging. Say hi and give us a call so we can answer your questions.
How long will it take to charge my Electric Vehicle on the Sunshine Coast?
Full-electric vehicles can take between 1 and 4 hours to fully recharge, while plug-in hybrids typically take 4-8 hours. The average car is left at home for around 15 hours per day, while it’s at work for about 9 hours. When at work theoretically you could charge your car fully at a nearby charging station, but naturally overnight seems to be the best time to charge your car.
A few basics are necessary before you start installing charging stations. It is important to be careful when charging your electric vehicle from a standard outlet. To avoid power outages or overheating, a special charging cable is required for home charging.
You should also ensure that your car is near the outlet. An extension cable cannot be used to charge your vehicle. These precautions aside, it is highly discouraged to charge your vehicle from a standard outlet. Most residential buildings aren’t wired for a high electrical draw.
This is why you should look into installing an actual specific EV charging station. This charging method is safe and efficient and the best for car charging. By having one installed in your home, you can make sure a charging station is close by so you will be certain your car has maximum range and a full charge every time you go on the road.
The charging station can charge your device up to eight times faster than a standard outlet. This means that EVs can be fully charged in as little time as 1-4 hours.
An EV charging station installed by SolarWide is highly recommended if you have an electric car. It will charge your car quickly and safely.
How can I choose a wall charger unit?
Logically, the slower units are 3kW and the fastest 22kW. A 7kW unit is the most popular, but you can save money by choosing the 3kW power rate. This is a better choice for overnight charging. A three-phase power supply is required for a 22kW unit. Many electric vehicles cannot receive up to 22kW of charge at home, as most homes only have one supply.
Also, you will need to decide if you want a tethered device with a power cable attached. This allows you to plug it in and wait instead of pulling out your car’s charging leads every time. An untethered option is also available, but it does not include a charging cable and can be used with Type 1 or Type 2 connectors. You can adjust the length of your cable with this option.
The budget is the most important thing for most people. There are many price points to suit any budget. The ever-expanding EV charging range of products makes it easy to choose from a range of products that will appeal to a broad range of customers.
Is it possible to charge EVs via solar?
We now have electric cars, which is a great thing. There are many amazing ways technology has made it possible to save money. One of the greatest inventions ever made is the use of solar energy via a system. This system harnesses the unlimited energy of the sun. Solar power is becoming more popular around the globe, and Australia has the highest penetration of solar systems on homes. This allows many homeowners to charge an electric car with solar energy.
Before you can begin, it is important to determine the solar system’s capacity. It’s a smart idea to determine how much energy your solar system can produce if you don’t have one yet but do own an electric vehicle. Even if you aren’t planning to use solar power for charging, it is important to include a future EV in your consumption calculations.
While weather and electricity costs can affect your ability to charge your electric vehicle with solar power, calculations should consider a solar system big enough to use your home consumption and the additional electricity needs of one or even 2 Electric vehicles in the future.
What kind of electricity are EVs powered by?
While the electricity grid in Australia uses alternating current (AC), batteries can only store direct-current (DC) power. For example, a phone charger converts alternating current power from Australia’s electricity grid into direct current power so that your phone battery can store it.
This is what makes AC charging different from DC charging for an electric vehicle. An AC charger can be used to charge your car’s battery. It converts AC power into DC energy. The converter from AC to DC is built into the DC charging station when you use it. The charging station draws AC power from a grid and converts it into DC. It then feeds the DC directly to your battery without using your car’s charger. So, remember AC comes from the grid. DC is in your battery. To convert AC into DC you need the charger.
There is also DC charging available. So while DC chargers are generally larger and more powerful than AC chargers they can charge your vehicle much faster. A 350kW DC charger will start charging it fully in as fast as 20 minutes if the power supply is capable of ultra-rapid charging. To expand the EV battery life, nevertheless a slower charge rate seems to be the way.