EV Charging and Solar 

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EV Charging and solar – With the rise in popularity of electric vehicles, why solar will play an integral role in home efficiency and renewable ‘fuel’ for our cars

With more electric cars entering the Australian market every year it’s a great time to consider an EV the next time you upgrade your car. 

The Brisbane electricians at Dillon and Kenzie Electrical Co. can help you be EV ready with a new level 2 charger and installation.  As qualified electricians who have a keen eye for detail, we will make sure you have a safe and tidy installation keeping you on the road.

If you have a new EV in your garage or have been considering making the switch, then it’s time to also think about how you can charge it at home. 

There are 3 levels of charging

Level 1: Your new car will be supplied with a level 1 charger that you can plug into a regular 240V power point and trickle feed your EV.  The downside to this type of charging is the amount of time it will take for a full charge.  It will charge approximately 10km for every hour plugged in.  Not ideal if you have a low battery and need a full charge before the morning.

Level 2: It is recommended to make the most of your EV with a level 2 charger when parked at home. Up to 3x faster than the level 1 you will be able to charge approximately 30 km for every hour its charging. Delivering a full recharge overnight.

Level 3: Often found in commercial settings or on public networks level 3 chargers are super-fast DC charging stations where a charge can be up to 50m per 10 minutes.

Some of the EV chargers our electricians have been installing around South East Queensland

  • Tesla
  • Zappi
  • Delta
  • Wallbox

These chargers all come with different benefits such as smart charging, compact designs, quick charge, low standby power consumption, charging from solar power and many more…

Give us a call and one of our Brisbane electricians who has put in many hours of research and training can help you decide which charger is best for you and arrange a complimentary quote.

How often should I charge my EV?

Electric vehicles use lithium-ion batteries that have no memory effect.  This means there is no need to fully drain your EV battery before you recharge.  It is recommended to plug in for a charge whenever it is possible.

I’ve ordered my car, when do I arrange my Level 2 charger?

We recommend reaching out as soon as possible.  This will ensure there is plenty of time to source the EV charger of your choice and complete the installation before your new car arrives.

How long will my EV charger take to install?

It often takes a day to install a new charger, but this can vary depending on the location of your switchboard compared to your new charger and other installation variations.  This will all be discussed and quoted by one of our Brisbane electricians ahead of time.

How much will it cost to charge at home?

If you garage your car at home during the day and have a solar system installed, you could be charging your car for free.  If you are only able to charge at night or you don’t have solar your costs are still much lower than heading to the bowser. 

The cost to recharge a car will depend on the size of your battery but if we use the Nissan Leaf as an example with a 60kWh battery.  If your energy consumption rate was $0.22c per kWh that means a full charge overnight will set you back $13.20. 

Where should I install the EV charger?

It is recommended to treat your electric vehicle like your phone and plug it whenever you have the chance, therefore we recommend installing the charger in an easy to access position where you garage your car.

DK Electrical Co. offers solar power and electrical services in Brisbane and Gold Coast, contact us today!

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