How to cope with range anxiety - Charging your EV in the Northern Rivers
Tips for Fledglings
Charge your EV from solar at home
I don’t know anyone who has an oil well in their back yard but loads of people have solar energy to burn. Instead of getting peanuts selling excess power to the grid, storing it in an EV saves a heap more cash. With petrol prices rocketing like a wart in Ukraine and the increased maintenance cost of an oil burner car, I calculated I was saving the equivalent of 70 cents per kWh using my solar in the Leaf. That sure beats the 12 cents on offer from the coal barons running the electricity grid for selling back to the network. A third of your fuel cost is tax, so you can see how running free on sunshine makes natural sense.
In fact, using solar power to charge the EV is worth twice as much as using it at peak periods in your house. Don’t bother getting a solar battery on your home. Fill up an EV and drive for free instead.
Charging your EV from off grid solar
An EV uses a lot of power – up to three times more than your house. The good news is more solar panels are cheap to buy because the Government still provides a rebate for new panels – even off grid solar. So, filling up you chunky EV battery needs to take place during the day, when the power is being generated. Home batteries are too expensive, so filling your car from batteries is not a good option.