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Solar Carports launch EV charging products in the UK

Solar Carports has launched its range of EV and PHEV charging products in the UK to help to cut the long-term costs of powering future EV travel.

Designed and manufactured in the UK to suit the domestic, retail and commercial sectors, Solar Carports brought together more than 20 years’ experience in the renewables sector, with leading product designers and established fabricators to produce their range of charging solutions.

By integrating solar PV into the roof of their products, and concealing the electrical components, inverters and controls inside the support structure, they have produced a charging solution which they expect to hit the home, hotel and car dealership markets with this summer. Future expansion into installing full covered car parks for retail and industrial clients is expected over the next 12 months.

Although the concept of combining solar PV and electric transportation is nothing new, the UK lags behind the US, and many parts of Europe, in rolling out this type of product, says Solar Carports.

By careful selection of installation site, it says the power generated by these ports can offset between 10,000 and 15,000 miles of electric driving per year, with any unused power being available to reduce electricity bills.

Government incentives via the Feed-in-Tariff scheme will further enhance the economics of these types of systems, says Solar Carports.

It continued: “There is no doubt that solar PV will play a major role in the uptake of EVs and PHEVs in the UK, and it is expected that many more companies will come forward, as demand increases, with similar offerings.”   

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  • stuart patience - 02/05/2017 14:09

    Great idea to harness the sun's rays and charge the car - it makes sense; especially when the Government encourage us to move from diesels and into electric; yet the National Grid is already at strain. Charging from rapid chargers at petrol stations will not be an option due to the massive demand on the grid and the "flaky" grid network infrastructure, often requiring massive upgrade costs make it financially not viable.

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