Electric Vehicles + EV Charging

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Pair Solar + EV Charging

Pair your solar system with an EV charging station for maximum savings and energy efficiency. Using the power generated by your solar system, you can fully charge your EV within hours for as low as 8 cents/kWh, saving 13 cents/kWh compared with grid power charging and upwards of $1,000 a year compared to owning a gas-powered car.

Electric Vehicles

Stop by and Charge Up

Visit our Solar Design Center in Island Park to experience the fun, convenience, and value of driving electric. By test driving the top-rated electric vehicles in EmPower Solar’s fleet, including the BMW i3, Chevrolet Bolt, and Mitsubishi Outlander, you can determine which EV best suits your needs. If you already have an EV, feel free to top off your battery at our complimentary charging station.

Electric Vehicles

How long does it take to charge an electric vehicle?

AC Level 1

Varies based on car and location, but typically adds about 4 miles per hour and takes about 8-16 hours to fully charge.

AC Level 2

The most common home-charging option; adds 20-30 miles per hour and takes 6-8 hours to fully charge full EV cars, and less than 1 hour to fully charge most plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs).

Level 3

Also known as DC fast charging; adds 40-50+ miles per hour depending on kW power of the charge unit and can charge 80% of your battery in as low as 30 minutes.

V3

Tesla Superchargers charge at a rate of 250kW, or 75 miles in 5 minutes. Superchargers are available to Tesla customers only.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do electric vehicles work?
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Electric cars use electricity stored in a battery pack to power the electric motor. Since battery electric vehicles (BEVs) are run entirely on electricity, they are also called all-electric vehicles. While electric vehicles don’t produce tailpipe pollution, the electricity they use could be produced from a coal- or gas-powered power plant.

UCSUSA research shows that battery electric cars that charge off the gas-dominated grid still produce less pollution than their gas-powered counterparts, while BEVs powered by renewable energy sources are virtually emission free. To find out how you can pair your electric vehicle to a solar panel system and be completely energy independent, call us at 516-837-3459.

How much does a home charging system cost?
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An electric car charging station starts around $499, with installation costs between $300-$1,000 depending on the charger and electrical upgrades required. ClipperCreek, Leviton, Bosch, ChargePoint, eMotoWerks, Delta, and Siemens offer home charging stations. NYS and PSEGLI have incentives for charging stations. The current PSEGLI rebate is $500- about half the cost of an installed charger!

Can I charge my electric vehicle with solar panels?
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Our solar systems convert direct current (DC) to alternating current (AC), which is the form of electricity that both your home and electric vehicle use. If you already have a solar system you only need to purchase an electric vehicle charging station in order to route the power from your solar panels to your electric vehicle.

How many solar panels do I need to charge my EV with solar energy?
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This depends on the range and capacity of your electric vehicle’s battery, as well as your home’s viability for solar panels. A typical homeowner driving 12,000 miles a year will need about 3,500 kWh a year to power their vehicle, equivalent to a 2-5kWh solar system depending on how much sun their house gets. This amount of power could be generated by 5-12 solar panels. Our team of experts can help you determine the exact amount depending on your vehicle.

How much does it cost to charge an electric vehicle?
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Electricity costs 21 cents/kWh at your home if you live on Long Island or New York City. With solar panels you could pay as low as 8 cents/kWh, taking into account the levelized cost of energy. Charging at a public station could cost up to twice as much as home with all-in rates of up to 50 cents/kWh or more due to hourly rates/charge fees.

What incentives are available for electric vehicles?
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There is a federal tax credit for $2,500-$7,500 per new EV purchase, lowering the upfront cost of buying the vehicle. New York’s Charge NY initiative offers a Drive Clean Rebate of up to $2,000 for new car purchases or leases. E-ZPass offers a special 10% discount to Hybrid vehicles getting at least 45 to the gallon and meeting super ultra-low emissions vehicle (SULEV) standards. Visit e- zpassny.com for a list of eligible EVs.

What is workplace charging and how does it work?
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Workplace charging provides a reliable opportunity for commuters to own and drive EVs without worrying about the hassle of finding public charging stations.

Step 1: Employer executes ChargePoint host site rebate agreement
Step 2: Employer executes Charge to Work NY Employer Participation Agreement, has low-cost EV charging stations installed at the workplace.
Step 3: Employees execute Charge to Work NY Employee Participation Agreement, receive vehicle rebates upon purchase/lease of EV

Resources

EmPower Solar EV Guidebook

Specifically created for PSEG and ConEd customers on Long Island and in New York, our comprehensive guide covers everything you need to know about EVs and EV chargers.

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Calculate Your Savings

Use NYSERDA’s calculator to compare an EV with a gas-powered vehicle of your choice and learn more about how cost-effective EVs charged with solar power can be.

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