Electric vehicles are quickly gaining popularity. Nearly every major manufacturer offers an EV model. In 2021, the sales of electric vehicles will nearly double. EVs can help you save on fuel costs and reduce carbon emissions. To get the most out of an EV, it is important to think about how you will power it. EVs powered by solar energy have a sweet advantage. They can literally run on sunlight. But how many solar panels will you need to power your vehicle for the long term?
How Much Electricity Does Your Electric Vehicle Need to Fully Charge?
Let’s take a look at the numbers.
According to the Federal Highway Administration, an average person drives 14,000 km per year. This is despite it being different in each state. An average EV can travel about 3 miles per hour. To power your car for a year, you will need approximately 4,666 kWh (14000/3 = 4,666).
How Many Panels Will It Take To Meet This Demand?
A little math is always helpful.
Each kW of solar on your roof will produce approximately 4 kWh/day, or 1,500 kWh/year. This energy production can fluctuate according to weather conditions, location, and seasons. To produce 4,666 kWh, you would need an additional 3.1 kW system or eight to twelve panels depending on the power output to run an average EV that runs solely on solar energy.
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