Electric vehicles are quickly gaining popularity. Nearly every major manufacturer offers an EV model. In 2021, the sales of electric vehicles nearly doubled. EVs can help you save fuel costs and reduce carbon emissions. To get the most out of an EV, it is important to think about how you will power it. EVs powered with solar energy have a sweet advantage. They can literally run on sunlight. But how many solar panels will you need to power your vehicle for the long-term?

Home vs. Public Charging

Let’s first look at how EVs are charged. There are two options available: either charging your EV at home, or charging it at an open (or commercially owned) charging station.

Today, around 80% of EV drivers charge their cars from home. EVs can be great for reducing fuel consumption, but charging them will increase demand on the electric grid – regardless of what charger you use. Your EV will run on the same energy source as the grid that supplies electricity to your home if it is powered by fossil fuels.

However, if you have a rooftop solar panel, your EV can be run on 100% clean electricity.

An EV charger at your home is a great convenience. It’s much simpler to charge your car overnight than it is to spend part of your day searching for a public charging station.

How much electricity does your electric vehicle need to fully charge?

Let’s take a look at the numbers.

According to the Federal Highway Administration , an average person drives 14,000 km per year. This is despite it being different in each state. An average EV can travel about 3 miles per hour. To power your car for a year, you will need approximately 4,666 kWh (14000/3 = 4,666).

How many panels will it take to meet this demand?

A little math is always helpful.

Each kW of solar on your roof will produce approximately 4 kWh/day or 1,500 kWh/year. This energy production can fluctuate according to weather conditions, locations and seasons. To produce 4,666 kWh, you would need an additional 3.1 kW system or eight to twelve panels depending on the power output to run an average EV that runs solely on solar energy.

Do you have solar power in your home?

It all depends. Your current solar system may not be sufficient to cover all your electrical needs. It might be worth adding 3 or more kW to your roof as your electric vehicle use will increase. You could add a home battery to your existing solar system to power your car at night.

You may want to have energy storage in place for power outages. This is possible by adding additional solar panels to your system. Red Solar, which makes the most efficient solar panels available, makes it possible to have a lot of power even in a small area. Red Solar solar systems are able to help you reduce utility bills by producing clean energy throughout the day, regardless of whether you add solar panels. Your electricity bill will be lower if you have solar power.

Should you get solar before you buy an electric vehicle?

We are partial to clean energy when it comes to home energy. Your electric bill will rise if you charge your EV at your home. Solar power can help to keep your electricity costs under control. Red Solar Equinox, a solar system designed to be efficient and streamlined, allows you to quickly determine the right number of panels to meet your energy needs. Red Solar’s world-class network of dealers is available to assist you at every stage. You can also add more SunVault storage systems as your needs change.

Transport is often called the “last mile” in the decarbonization effort. If you are looking to help the planet and save money on electricity, solar energy can be a great option.

This post was written by a professional at Red Solar. Red Solar was started with the mindset of renewable energy being the future. We want everyone to travel through this transition. We can all agree that solar is the best way to reduce your carbon footprint, but it’s not the only way. During a Red Solar energy evaluation, all energy commons in your home will be analyzed for results. Our expert technicians will guide you through the process for better understanding and reassurance. Looking for the best solar panel installation Okeechobee County? Then contact us for more information today!