How can I best use my solar panels to charge my car?
Do you have solar panels? If so, you’re probably familiar with the term “feed-in”. With solar panels, you deliver the part you don't use back to your energy supplier. You’ll see this reflected on your final bill under “balancing”. The government has decided to phase out balancing over the next few years. The energy generated that is not directly used or stored is then lost. So it pays to charge your car when the sun is shining. With the advent of bidirectional charging, this way the car can also function as a home battery.
I have solar panels and would like to install a charging station. Can my meter box handle that?
Yes, it is possible to use your solar panels to charge your car. If you purchase a charging station through our partner, they will be happy to inform you further about this.
Can batteries from electric cars be recycled?
Yes, the batteries can be recycled. The batteries last longer than the electric car itself. That means that the battery can be used in another electric car or for energy storage in a household. In theory, after this, about 90% of the battery can be recycled. The EU directive is that at least 50% of the battery must be recyclable.
How long does the battery of an electric car last?
The life of the battery pack depends on several factors, including the make and model of the car, the conditions of use, and how it is charged. Manufacturers usually have warranties for battery packs ranging from 8 to 10 years or a certain number of kilometres. Often with minimal capacity residual warranty.
There is no ready answer to the question of how often you can recharge the battery. Estimates range from 1,000 to 2,000 full charge cycles. But this may vary between different models. It is good to know that a “charge cycle” does not necessarily mean charging the battery from 0% to 100%; it can also be a partial charge. Regularly charging to 100% or discharging to 0% can adversely affect the life of the battery pack.
The capacity of the battery pack may gradually decrease over time – even if the battery is still usable. Technological developments are continually taking place, potentially improving the lifespan of battery packs in future electric cars.