Did you know that Sunlight Solar Energy is authorized to install some of the most popular in-home electric vehicle chargers? Well we are! If you drive an electric vehicle, adding a charging station to your home may be a good option to consider.
The majority of EV charging occurs at home. If you are using an outlet that was built into your home to charge your car, you are likely using what’s known as a Level 1 charger or a 120 volt outlet. Level 1 outlets offer the slowest charge times for electric vehicles (approximate 4.5 miles of range per hour of charging). For example, if you drive a Nissan Leaf with a capacity of approximately 80 miles of real life driving on a full charge, you’re looking at 17.7 hours of being plugged in to fully charge your battery. According to Nissan’s website the 2017 model can go up to 107 miles on a fully charged battery which would require almost an entire day (23.7 hours) to fully charge from an empty battery. Upgrading to a 240V outlet can almost triple the miles of range you get per hour of charging time. For the new Nissan Leaf with (107 miles of range), a 240 volt outlet could fully charge your car overnight (8 hours). See the table for a comparison of fully electric vs hybrid and levels of charging.
Tesla’s Wall Connector
Your System Designer will help you navigate the various options available and help identify which charger makes the most sense for you.
“We are enjoying driving on sunlight. Our 14 kW Sunlight Solar generating system produced about 21MWhr of electricity in 2016 of which about 8 MWhr was consumed by our household. The remaining annual surplus production of approximately 13 MWhr was available for charging electric vehicles. Our current electric vehicle can travel about 3 miles on 1 kWhr of electricity. An annual surplus of 13 MWhr of solar electricity production can provide about 39,000 miles of electric vehicle travel. Our garage vehicle charging station (installed by Sunlight Solar, Inc) allows us to “fill up” our electric vehicle at home with solar generated electricity providing our family with virtually unlimited, free, petroleum free transportation.”
Check out the video below of the above client’s Sunlight Solar Energy installed Tesla Wall Connector in action!