EV Charging – Electric Vehicle Charging & Solar PV

Electric cars are the future. And they’re here, now.

With the costs of electric vehicles constantly dropping and with performance, battery life and range always increasing, increasing numbers of drivers are going electric. Because of this EV charging has moved to the forefront.

But what is the best way to charge an electric vehicle?

EV Charging & Solar PV

Homeowners benefitting from a solar PV installation can charge their electric vehicle for free.

By diverting excess solar energy directly into a car’s battery, customers can save up to £1,000 on the running costs of their vehicle. The best thing? There are EV charging systems that divert excess solar generation automatically.

Charging your EV from wasted solar energy replaces grid demand, offsets running costs and minimises fuel bills.

Don’t own solar yet? PV can be installed after an EV charging point with all the same benefits.

The Zappi EV Charging Point

The Zappi is one of the most advanced EV charging points.

More than just a traditional EV charger, the Zappi’s Eco Modes allows it to charge an EV with only electricity generated by a solar array. It can also charge with part solar supply and part grid supply. At the same time, the Zappi complies with EV charging standards.

With the Zappi’s Eco Mode, charge power is continuously adjusted in response to surplus solar generation and household load, with additional power being drawn from the grid when required.

Controllable by an app, the Zappi can be programmed to charge an EV at set times. As a result, this maximises the benefit of off-peak and dual-rate electricity tariffs.

Read more info on the Zappi on our Zappi webpage by clicking here.

The OLEV Grant

The OLEV grant (Office for Low Emission Vehicles) provides homeowners buying and installing a home charging point with a one of payment worth up to £500. The OLEV grant aims to incentive the uptake of electric and low carbon vehicles.

Ts & Cs apply, but the OLEV grant is available to anybody who has purchased a new or used electric vehicle on or after 1st October 2016. The OLEV grant is simple to claim with an application made post-installation.

Read our OLEV Grant blog post
for more information on the scheme.