While electronic vehicles (EVs) haven’t quite managed a wholesale takeover of the Australian motoring landscape just yet, don’t worry, it’s coming.
EVs took some years to gain a toehold in the Australian market, but the tide has certainly turned. More and more commercial and private buyers are going electric year on year.
Several European countries have already set dates in the not-too-distant future to ban the sale of traditional combustion engine vehicles. Norway leading the charge, with a stated plan to go all-electric by 2025.
Toyota was the first car company to introduce Australians to the idea of EVs, with the launch of the hybrid-powered Prius way back in 2001. In the two decades since, the Japanese automaker has sold well over 100,000 hybrid-powered cars to Australians.
Other companies globally have pledged to convert to 100% EV manufacturing in the coming years. Jaguar, as early as 2025, followed by Volvo and Mazda in 2030.
CONSUMERS Want EVs
Demand for EVs has surged in Australia in recent years, particularly due to ever-increasing fuel prices that have impacted motorists significantly in 2022.
Australia’s uptake of EVs accelerated exponentially in 2021. With more and more manufacturers catering to this segment of the market, battery-powered vehicles are certainly the cars of the future and buyers will be spoilt for choice in the coming years.
At the start of 2022, 31 different EV models were available for purchase in Australia. A slew of fresh EV designs from various manufacturers is set to go make it to our shores by the end of 2022.
The number of electric models available for sale is expected to almost double by the end of the year.
SOLAR + EVS = A GREEN FUTURE
EVs appeal to the same people that embrace solar power. Those willing to adapt to new technologies and force change in the move towards a cleaner, greener future.
A big part of the appeal of owning an EV is the ability to charge it at home. A private home solar power system, complete with battery storage, inverter, and EV charging station, is the renewable energy dream for many.
Buyers need to be aware that not all EV chargers are compatible with solar power systems. In fact, a standard EV charger will charge a car battery with fossil fuel-generated power. This is true even if solar-generated power is available!
This situation is obviously not acceptable for many users who specifically purchase EVs and invest in private solar power systems in order to divest themselves from dirty coal-based energy.
SOLAREDGE INVERTER WITH EV CHARGING
SolarEdge is one of the most well-regarded manufacturers in the industry and showed once again that they deserve their reputation with the development of the world’s first EV charging inverter.
This amazing product is ideal for those that want to ensure their vehicles are charged via renewable energy. The device is easy to use and quick to charge and the monitoring app provides instant and accurate information.
The SolarEdge EV Charging Inverters are available in 3kW and 5kW single-phase versions. They can be incorporated into larger systems via coupling with one or more standard SolarEdge inverters and will combine all the power to charge your EV while also powering your home or business.
These slick units offer WiFi communication functionality and buyers get peace of mind with an impressive 12-year product warranty.
SolarEdge EV Charging Inverters charge up to four times faster than a typical Level 1 EV charger. Fitting one avoids the need to upgrade your switchboard if you’ve installed a stand-alone charger.
Read more about the SolarEdge EV charging Inverters HERE.
ZAPPI EV CHARGER
Installing a Zappi EV Charger is an ideal solution for those looking to charge an EV at home, utilising energy generated from a private solar power system.
Zappi EV Chargers provide users with unparalleled flexibility. 7kw single phase + 22kw three-phase models are available.
Each variant is available with either tethered or untethered connector, in black and white colour.
There are eight total models in the range.
The units have three seperate charging modes: ECO, ECO+, and FAST.
ECO+ is the most environmentally friendly charging mode to use. Charge power is continually adjusted in response to changes in the generation or power consumption elsewhere in the home.
Charging will pause if there is too much imported power, continuing only when there is surplus free power available.
ECO charging ensures charge power is continuously adjusted in response to changes in the generation or power consumption elsewhere in the home.
Charging will continue until the vehicle is fully charged, drawing power from the grid if necessary.
FAST mode prioritises charging the vehicle as quickly as possible using maximum power. In this mode, the Zappi EV Charger functions identically to an ordinary Mode 3 charging point.
Zappi EV Chargers are available with tethered or untethered connectors and a range of truly impressive features.
SET TIMERS: Use the boost timer function to set timers to charge at certain times of the day in order to take advantage of the time of use energy tariffs.
REMOTE ACCESS: Take advantage of the remote control and monitoring add-on option. The smartphone app + hub allows access to all your information, including easy-to-read visual graphs, in one place from anywhere in the world.
PIN CODE PROTECTED: 5-digit PIN code integrated as a security feature, in order to prevent your charger from being tampered with or used without permission.
Each charger features a tap-operated display backlight, built-in RCD protection + an integral cable holster.
More detail + model specifications are available HERE
Considering fitting a Zappi EV Charger at home, or looking for an optimised solar power system with EV charging capability?.