The mileage you get from your own solar power generation depends largely on how much energy your car uses. A photovoltaic system with a capacity of 5 kW, for instance, can provide about 5,000 kWh per year. If your electric car needs more than about 27 kWh/100 miles, it can run emission-free for roughly 1,550 miles per month.
There are now many different solutions on the market for optimizing the charging process, such as energy managers or intelligent charging stations. In addition, it can be a good idea to integrate a home energy storage system in order to use more of your own solar power for home use and charging electric vehicles. Solar carports expand beyond the solar energy you generate now by increasing the amount of electricity available for charging.
The latest report from Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) expects sales of electric vehicles (EVs) to increase from a record 1.1 million worldwide in 2017 to 11 million in 2025, then soaring to a whopping 30 million in 2030, when they will be cheaper to make than conventional cars with internal combustion engines.
China is going to lead this shift, its sales accounting for almost 50% of the global EV market in 2025, dropping to 39% in 2030. Europe is going to come next at 14%, followed by the U.S. at 11%.
Nearly 50% of plug-ins in the U.S. are sold in California, and only 38% outside the 10 states with ZEV mandates, according to EVVolumes.com. Sales of plug-in vehicles grew 27% to nearly 200,000 units, and market penetration has finally crossed the 1% mark. EVvolumes.com is confident that about 400,000 units are going to be registered in 2018.
Statista expects the U.S. electric vehicle market to account for around 14 percent of the overall car market by 2025.
Power2Drive Europe published an expanded market overview for charging systems and services around e-mobility. The overview was developed in close collaboration with the trade magazine “photovoltaik” and the online portal “PV Europe” and is published in both English and German. It covers 69 products currently on the market — charging stations, wall boxes and versatile charging cables, including high-speed charging stations (direct current, DC), AC systems (alternating current, AC; single-phase and three-phase) and DC systems for private and commercial customers. 57 different suppliers are listed.