Can you charge EV with Solar?

12th July 2022

Can I use solar to power my EV?

The simple answer to this is yes. You can charge your EV with Solar. Most people want to charge they’re EV at night, not generally through the day when the sun is shining. To make the most of the free excess solar you’d need to charge your car when the sun is shining. This isn’t practical for most people.

However, by adding a Solar storage battery, such as the Soltaro AIO2. You can charge your EV using your excess solar. Anytime, day or night depending on the amount of stored energy in your battery.

By combing Solar plus Storage, you can really make the most of daytime solar. Start putting it to good use long after the sun goes down. A big help in today’s environment when high electricity costs are a big issue for most households.

Switching to EV?

The first EV (Electric Vehicles) arrive in the mid 19th century but undeniable to say technology has progressed since then. 

There are undoubtedly many reasons why switching to an EV is worthwhile. However, here are our top 3.

Running Costs

Once your EV is purchased, your running costs are much, much lower than a petrol or diesel model.

Driving Experience

Smooth driving with little noise. What’s not to like?


Zero emissions. Cleaner air, less pollutants for yourself and future generations.

EV Targets

The Strategy in NSW, Australia is to increase EV sales to 52% by 2030–31 and help NSW achieve net-zero emissions by 2050. A bold target, but one many countries are also proposing.

USA’s president, Joe Biden has also pledged that 50% of new car sales should be electric by 2030. If this were to happen, EV’s would make up approx. 60-70% of cars on the road.

What are the three types of EV charging? 

3 main types of EV chargers are Rapid, Fast and Slow. The power is measured in Kilowatts (kW) and they represent the power output and associated charging speed.

What is the difference between Type 1 and Type 2 EV Chargers?

A simple latch or locking pin is the main difference between a type 1 and type 2 EV charger. The Type 1 5 pin design has the latch ensuring the plug stays in place. The type 2 doesn’t have the latch but relies on the actual EV itself to have a locking pin to secure the plug whilst charging.

Where should I put my EV Charger?

Whilst locating the best place to install your EV charger. Think about where you park your car. Generally, If your garage is large enough with wall space, then installing right in front of your parking space is perfect.

If you’re thinking of charging your EV with solar it won’t make any difference to the location of the charger. If you already have a Solar Battery you don’t need to house them next to each other. Unless you want to that is!

Soltaro have recently launched their EV charger alongside their existing range of Energy Storage Batteries. Perfect partners utilising the sun’s rays, providing free electricity when you want to use it.

The Soltaro EV Charger comes as single or three phase options. Both with a 3 year warranty and type 2 connector. 3 charging modes make it very flexible and as with all Soltaro products. The engineering and build are of the finest quality too.

Thinking about joining the EV revolution? Don’t forget to invest in a quality EV charger.

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