Is your home EV ready?
If you’re thinking about buying an electric vehicle, it’s worth considering a home charging unit.
Thinking of getting an electric vehicle? You’re not alone. According to a recent RACV survey, 60 per cent of people would consider going electric when buying their next car, and the most recent motor industry data shows a 19 per cent jump in EV sales over the past year.
It’s not surprising that public EV charging stations are increasingly popping up across the country, but charging at home is often more convenient. Having a dedicated EV charger at home means you don’t have to leave the house to juice up your car, and you can get a full charge overnight. And if you pair your home charger with a rooftop solar system, you might also save money.
“A home charger is ideal for those who want to maximise returns on their solar panels and their EVs, says RACV product manager for energy, Lawrence Law. “Charging your car with solar power during the day boosts the business case for both your solar installation and your electric vehicle. It is certainly better than feeding electricity back into the grid for a meagre 10.2 cents per kWh.”
RACV recently released RACV Home Charging units that are compatible with most EV or plug-in hybrid vehicles on the Australian market. Priced from $2020, including installation by RACV Solar, they can potentially help you shave hundreds of dollars off your car running costs.
So how can you get your home EV ready? We asked Lawrence and JET Charge CEO Tim Washington to answer some frequently asked questions.
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