Electric vehicles are a growing industry in Australia and throughout the world with the possibility of petrol and diesel vehicles being phased out. Australians now have a wide range of electric cars to choose from, and with that demand comes the need for a powerful, multivehicle compatible charger.
Delta Car Charger
Solar Naturally offers Residential and Commercial EV Chargers. We carry and install one of the most reliable brands in the market.
Delta are known to be the market leader worldwide when it comes to EV chargers. Founded in 1971, Delta specialises in energy efficient power products and have won multiple awards for their innovation and excellence.
Delta AC Max Unit
Single Phase Up To 7.4kW – Delivering up to 40kM Range per hour of charge
Three Phase up to 11kW – Delivering up to 60kM of Range per hour of charge
How charging works is that when vehicles are parked for longer periods of time, such as overnight, they can be charged with AC, or in a short amount of time they can be quickly charged with DC.
Maximise your Energy Savings and Charge Your EV with Solar Power
Electrical vehicle emissions are only reduced when the electricity used from charging the vehicle comes from a renewable source, such as solar. Charging your EV with solar energy ensures that your driving is both cost efficient and sustainable.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I charge an electric vehicle’s battery?
All EV’s sold in Australia utilise a lithium-ion battery which is very similar technology to that used in solar batteries. As a general rule there are three ways to charge a plug-in EV.
Level One: Fast Charging
Public charging stations offer fast charging through a high-voltage DC charger. These chargers supply power directly to the battery meaning that you can fully charge your EV in just 20 minutes.
Level Two: Wall Charger
Wall chargers or EV chargers use AC power from your homes electricity supply provider or from your homes solar system. Your EV will then convert this AC power into DC power that is then stored in the EV’s batteries ready for use. These types of EV chargers are the ones commonly found in residential homes, work places, hotels, restaurants and shopping centres. Fully charging your EV with a wall charger will take around eight hours. Solar Naturally supplies EV chargers for
both residential and commercial buildings.
Level Three: Electric Socket
Possibly the easiest way of charging your EV is to use the cars mobile charging cable and simply plug it into a normal electrical socket or outlet. This will use the AC power from your homes’ electricity supply provider or from your homes solar system. However this is the slowest method of charging and using a standard electrical socket to charge your EV will take approximately 14 hours to fully charge.
How long does charging take?
When using alternating current (AC), the charging time of an electric vehicle will depend on the vehicle as well as the charging station. There is communication between the vehicle and the charger, the vehicle will define the maximum permitted charging power which is dependent on the inverter installed within the vehicle.
Currently we offer two charger models, a Single Phase that powers up to 7.4kW, delivering up to 40kM range per hour of charge and a Three Phase that powers up to 11kW, delivering up to 60kM of range per hour of charge. Fully charging your EV with a wall charger will take around eight hours.
What types of connector and sockets are there?
In the case of AC chargers: Type 1 and Type 2.
In the case of DC chargers: CHAdeMO or CCS – Combo T2.
Is the Delta AC Max suitable for all EV?
The Delta AC Max unit is compatible with all Australian Delivered Type 2 EV Vehicles.
Audi, BMW, BYD, EQC, Holden, Honda, Hyundai, Jaguar, KIA, Mazda, Mercedes Benz, Mini, MG, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Polestar, Porsche, Renault, Rivian, Tesla, Toyota, Volkswagen, Volvo, etc.
Does having solar power help with charging my EV?
Charging your EV with solar energy ensures that your driving is both cost efficient and sustainable. Your solar inverter will ensure your home always uses your own solar power energy that your system generates first, only accessing additional energy from the grid when your own supply is not enough.
If you’re able to charge your EV in the morning or during the day, your solar power system could easily partially or fully charge your EV. Your EV is like any other device in your home, maximising the savings your solar power system produces will depend on how smart and efficient you can be with your usage. Charging your car with solar energy improves the business case for both your solar panel installation and your electric vehicle. It definitely represents a better return on investment than sending power back into the grid at current feed-in-tariff rates!
How much does it cost to charge my EV?
The charging cost depends on where and how you are getting the power to top up your EV’s battery. The 5 most popular EV’s solar in Australia in 2021 were; Tesla model 3, MG ZV EV, Porsche Taycan, Nissan Leaf and the Hyundai Kona. If we take a look at the Tesla model 3, a full charge at home at about 30c kWh is going to cost around $22.50 and you get about 500km of driving distance.
If you are using the Tesla Supercharging stations located at shopping centres, it will cost the centre 42c per kWh to fully charge a Model S with a 75kWh battery, at $31.50.
These are round figures, of course, and may be affected by how you get your electricity – a solar system attached to a battery would be notionally free for example, at least in ideal conditions – and what size battery your Tesla EV has.