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Rolec EV introduces solar EV charging unit

Rolec EV has launched a new solar-powered electric vehicle charging unit, specially designed to benefit homeowners who have, or have future plans to install, a home solar panel array.

Rolec’s EV SolarCharge is the first of a number of new smart-enabled Rolec EV charging products due to be released over the coming weeks

The first of a number of new smart-enabled Rolec EV charging products due to be released over the coming weeks, WallPod:EV SolarCharge not only displays the charging activity, but also highlights whether the charging is coming from the National Grid, exclusively from the home’s solar panels, or a combination of both.

It offers wo charging modes, including Solar + Grid Charge, which monitors the solar power being generated, highlights it on the data screen, and tops up any shortfall with power from the Grid.

The second charging mode is Solar Only, which monitors and tracks the power being generated by the home’s solar array and limits the charge provided to the EV, matching exactly the amount of power produced by the panels. In effect, the EV is now running on the sun.”

The solution also provides a summary data screen which demonstrates historical charging activity – including total charging kWs, solar-supplied charging kWs vs Grid-supplied charging kWs, the actual percentage of charging provided by the sun, and the amount of CO2 saved.

Frankie Mellon, Rolec’s national ev sales manager, commented: “While EV SolarCharge has primarily been designed for homes with solar arrays, it can also be installed on homes without solar panels – utilising the Grid supply until a solar array is fitted.

“EV SolarCharge provides Mode 3 fast charging in both 3.6kW (16A) and 7.2kW (32A) formats, and is compatible with all current PHEVs and EVs.”

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for nearly 20 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day.