To cover our electricity needs, solar energy is the most ecological solution, the one that best preserves the environment since it is produced by the simple radiation of the sun.
Many homes have already chosen to install solar panels in their homes with the aim of being self-sufficient in terms of electricity production and consumption while protecting the planet. If they also own a so-called “clean” vehicle such as an electric car, they also have the possibility of being able to take advantage of the solar energy they produce to recharge their vehicle at a lower cost and in a totally ecological way. For their part, manufacturers of electric vehicles are innovating and are planning to market 100% solar cars in the near future.
Recharge your electric car using the solar panels in your house
Compared to vehicles that use diesel or gasoline as fuel, which cause harmful emissions for the environment, the electric car ranks among the cleanest means of transport. However, for some, this type of vehicle cannot be completely considered as a neutral car for the environment because, in particular, the electricity which it needs to operate comes mainly, in France, from nuclear power stations which they consider dangerous for the planet.
Solar energy, that is to say the electricity produced thanks to the radiation of the sun, turns out to be currently the best alternative from an environmental point of view. This type of energy is also within reach of all individuals wishing to consume electricity while protecting the environment. It is indeed possible to install, most often on the roof of your house, solar panels, also called photovoltaic panels, which make it possible to produce your own non-polluting electricity. An installation which certainly represents a fairly significant initial financial investment but which also allows savings to be made after a few years.
Owners of an electric car who have solar panels in their homes have a ready-made solution within their reach for recharging their vehicle with electricity whose production can be considered “clean” thanks to solar energy. As for the rest of their domestic electricity consumption, these individuals can take advantage of their solar panels already installed to recharge their electric vehicle via a dedicated charging station connected to the electrical network of the house.
On the other hand, having photovoltaic panels installed at your home especially to be able to recharge the batteries of your electric car is not a recommended solution given the high cost of such an installation. The latter must be considered in an overall project, which concerns the entire energy consumption of his home.
What type of installation to charge your electric car at home using solar energy?
Individuals who have the financial means and the possibility of equipping their homes with solar panels thus have very advantageous energy production, in particular for recharging their electric vehicle. Not only do they use a car considered to be one of the cleanest from an environmental point of view, but they also produce their own energy thanks to the sun, the most ecological energy.
Being able to recharge an electric vehicle using solar panels installed at home nevertheless requires specific equipment to be provided in order to produce enough energy to both cover the electricity needs of the occupants of the house, but also those necessary for recharging. of an electric car. The energy requirements for this charging depend in particular on the power of the charging station used and that of the battery of the electric vehicle.
In a nutshell, an individual owner of an electric car must provide for the installation of solar panels whose power is capable of producing enough energy to satisfy the normal electricity consumption of his home, but also necessary for regular recharging. of his vehicle.
On the other hand, for an individual who has solar panels on his house, the electricity he can produce is logically at its maximum at the time of day when the sun’s radiation is at its strongest. However, more often than not, the owners of an electric car, most of whom charge their car at home using a charging station, plug their vehicle in at night so that it can travel a certain number of kilometers in full autonomy.
This is why, ideally, an individual should have a solar energy production installation which makes it possible to store and use solar energy according to their domestic needs, and in particular with regard to charging his electric car. However, this type of system capable of storing solar energy requires the installation of specific batteries, often an installation which is very expensive.
Future solutions for charging electric vehicles using solar energy: the 100% solar car
The electric car market is booming. Individuals, but also professionals, are increasingly opting for this type of clean vehicle. In order to facilitate the recharging of energy for these cars and therefore their use, car manufacturers are constantly innovating in this area.
Thus, with the aim of producing electric cars that are even more respectful of the environment, the models of the future, for some already ready to be put on the market even if their cost does not allow them to be accessible to everyone for the moment, will be 100% rechargeable via solar energy without their users having to install solar panels on their homes.
Solar collectors, in other words photovoltaic cells, are in fact installed directly on these types of electric vehicles, for example on their roof or bonnet, which allow, thanks to the sun’s rays, and in complete autonomy, to fully recharge the batteries of these cars while driving or parked.