Solar inverter company SolarEdge shifts to electric vehicle charging

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SolarEdge introduces new inverter product that uses solar monitoring and electric vehicle charge scheduling to help homeowners maximise use of rooftop solar for their EVs.

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The Driven

Leading global solar inverter company SolarEdge has announced a shift towards electric vehicles, with a new product that will combine solar monitoring and EV charge scheduling to help homeowners maximise energy usage, and charge EVs up to four times faster.

The shift by SolarEdge into the EV space is a sign of the times, and a recognition that many of those choosing EVs over petrol and diesel vehicles also own a rooftop solar system and want to maximise the amount of solar used to charge their vehicle batteries.

Its EV charging single phase inverter – which claims to be the world’s first two-in-one EV charger and solar inverter – will be available for order in Australia for the first time this quarter.

The technology essentially allows excess solar production to be diverted for EV charging and is compatible with multiple EV connectors.

“The inverter is very much taking prime spot as brain of the energy system,”  SolarEdge’s manager for Australia/New Zealand Gavin Merchant tells The Driven.

The 2-in-1 converter has a “smart mode” that monitors solar production and can be set to only charge the EV when there is solar power generation, or to mop up excess electricity not able to be fed into the grid.

Another mode can boost EV charging rates by drawing power from the solar system and drawing any extra to achieve a maximum charge rate up to four times faster than a standard Type 2 charger.

To read the full story on RenewEconomy’s electric vehicle dedicated site, The Driven, click here…

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