Ah, the lure of the electric vehicle. What’s not to like? Great to drive and emissions free. Best of all, you will pay about $500 per year on electrons instead of over $2,000 per year on gasoline. And feel true exhilaration as gas prices rush past you.
Not So Fast…
By purchasing an EV, you’ve just added 30% to your home’s electricity consumption*, and that extra 3,700 KWh of electrical energy per year has to come from somewhere.
- It could be supplied by controversial new hydro dams with all the land use questions.
- It could be supplied by fossil fuel power plants with all the associated extraction, processing, & emissions.
- It could be generated by nuclear power plants, with all the dangerous minerals, waste, meltdowns, and political issues.
How can doing the right thing be so difficult?
Fortunately, there is a simple, elegant, low-impact solution.
The Solar EV Charging Solution
Solar charging an electric vehicle is easier than you think.
Consider that 4,000 KWh/year could be generated by as few as 12 standard solar modules in most Canadian lower latitude locations. Thanks to Net Metering programs, you don’t need batteries in your home, or a giant roof rack on your new EV!
The energy you generate from a solar array on your roof gets used in your home, with any excess going out onto the utility grid. In summer you generate more than you consume and earn credits on your utility account. During winter months, you use-up those credits.
Design Your Array Your Way
Put the solar array on the roof of your home or garage. Choose aesthetic options that further increase the value of your project. Or perhaps build a custom carport or shade structure.
Here’s an example : MyGrid Peak
Garages on the premium side : Lumos Solar Scapes
Solar Industry Impact
Solar modules recover the energy used in their production within 2-3 years, and have expected lifespans of 40+ years, making them one of the most efficient forms of renewable energy. Plus, you will be generating your own energy right where you need it. Clean, quiet, reliable, responsible.
Electricity rates increase by 3-5% annually.With solar, they won’t at your house!
By The Numbers…
EV Energy Analysis: 2019 Nissan Leaf
Base Model : 40KWh battery, 250KM range
Estimated Performance : 6KM per KWh
Typical Anual Driving Pattern : 20,000KM (approx 55KM/Day)
Typical Daily Energy : 10KWh (incl losses)
Typical Annual Energy : 3,700 KWh
Typical Canadian Home Annual Consumption : 12,000KWh
Cost Of Energy
Gasoline…20,000KM / 15KM/L Gas = 1330L@ 1.49/L = $1,987 /Yr
Electrons…3700KWh @ $0.12/KWh = $444 /Yr