As a kid, 2020 seemed like an almost unimaginable point in the distant future. Having been a big fan of The Jetsons as an impressionable young boy, the second decade of the 21st Century certainly seemed like a time when flying electric vehicles would be all the rage.
You can imagine my ongoing disappointment with the fact that I have to commute to work in a regular car… and I’m still waiting for a hover board.
One thing that has changed from the time I was a kid, however, has been the introduction of electric vehicles. Cost-efficient, environmentally friendly, and surprisingly more practical than many believe, these represent a development that has changed the transportation and vehicular industry for the better – more so, since the introduction of SolarEdge’s EV charger.
On a chat with a friend the other day, we discussed how these EV chargers represent the next stage of the electric car evolution. One thing she said stands out – “Solar-powered vehicles are a step further towards the future we need to survive.” While this wasn’t something I hadn’t heard before, I was deeply struck by it; perhaps because COVID-19 has proved, if nothing else, that human beings are not as infallible as we think.
With an EV charger, which I will write more about in this post, driving an electric vehicle has become more affordable and environmentally friendly than it has ever been. As someone who recently made this charger a part of my life – and with a significantly lighter carbon footprint – I’ve found myself able to sleep more soundly at night.
How does SolarEdge’s EV charger work?
SolarEdge’s EV charger represented a ‘world’s first’ at the time of its release. An electric charger containing a cutting-edge integrated inverter, it makes use of what is known as a ‘solar boost’, which leverages both grid electricity and solar input, when it’s available.
Beyond reducing electricity usage to drive yourself around, this EV charger is remarkable for many other reasons.
To begin with, users can leverage SolarEdge’s smart scheduling feature, which allows you to charge your electric vehicle when electricity rates are lower (during non-peak hours), simply by tapping away on your smartphone. Through a dedicated app, users are also able to monitor their PV, EV and grid consumption, in addition to these remote toggling features.
SolarEdge’s Level 2 EV charger is also capable of charging your electric vehicle up to six times faster than a regular Level 1 charger, which allows you to plug your vehicle into a household outlet.
The benefits of going solar with a new wave of EV technology.
If you purchased your electric vehicle with the hopes of reducing your carbon footprint and offsetting several disadvantages like the uncertainty of the non-renewable energy industry and the cost of this reliance (like me), kudos.
That being said, it’s not enough to convince yourself that this is all you can do. New types of EV
charger technology, like SolarEdge’s EV charger, represents a greener shift – one that allows us to open our eyes to the pitfalls of excessive reliance on the grid.
The truth is that while a car powered by electricity is far more environmentally friendly than one which relies on fuel, it doesn’t necessarily mean grid consumption is the most efficient way to power our vehicles. Solar energy has proven, time and time again, that it is the cleanest, cheapest and most efficient way of meeting our day-to-day needs – including travelling.
While 100% solar-powered vehicles are still not as accessible as we like them to be, you can reduce greenhouse gas emissions and fuel reliance by using a solar EV charger.
Become more energy-efficient with a solar EV charger for your electric vehicle.
Given the state of our environment, being energy-efficient is no longer a luxury or a way of life. It has become an urgent and overwhelming necessity to prevent environmental catastrophes that we, as Australians, are intimately familiar with. If you use an electric vehicle to travel, consider an EV charger with an inverter inbuilt like SolarEdge’s solar charger. It saves space in your electrical switchboard and you can charge your car direct from solar panels.
Here’s hoping for a greener, cleaner, and more sustainable future.