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Solar Hacks: EV Plans

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Drive Green, Save Green: Why an EV Energy Plan Makes Cents for Solar-Powered Aussies

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  • A few energy retailers are offering lowered rates for EV charging during off-peak time.
  • Using solar with a decent feed in rate for excess may work in your favour.

Australia’s love affair with sunshine is well-documented, and with good reason. Not only does it bless us with endless summers and bronzed noses, but it also fuels our growing obsession with a cleaner, greener future: solar power. And what better way to complement your rooftop panels than with the sleek purr of an electric vehicle (EV)? But before you zoom off into the electric sunset, there’s one crucial pit stop to make: choosing the right electricity plan.

What Is an EV Plan and Why Do I Need One?

Enter the EV energy plan, a matchmaker for your sun-kissed panels and your shiny new EV. These plans are specifically designed to cater to the unique charging needs of electric vehicles, offering significantly lower rates during off-peak hours, typically between midnight and 6 am. This is when the electricity grid hums a lullaby, demand slumbers, and you can charge your EV for a fraction of the daytime cost.

Think of it like this: your rooftop panels diligently gather the sun’s bounty throughout the day, filling your home’s energy bucket. But what happens when the sun dips below the horizon and the bucket starts to drain? That’s where your EV energy plan steps in, offering you a discounted refill during the wee hours, when the grid is practically begging for someone to use its excess power. It’s a win-win-win: you save money, the grid gets some love, and your EV wakes up feeling peppy and ready to conquer the day.

Something to consider when charging your car is it can cost upwards of $50 for a full charge depending on battery size and tariffs.

But wait, there’s more! Choosing an EV energy plan isn’t just about saving a few bucks on your electricity bill. It’s about maximizing the efficiency of your entire eco-friendly ecosystem. By charging your EV during off-peak hours, you’re tapping into the cleanest electricity on the grid. This is because, during these quiet hours, renewable energy sources like solar and wind tend to take center stage, pushing polluting fossil fuels to the sidelines. So, not only are you saving money, but you’re also giving Mother Nature a high five.

Whos Offering These Plans?

Now, let’s get down to the brass tacks. Several Aussie energy providers offer tempting EV plans, each with its own perks and price points. Here are a few frontrunners to consider:

  • OVO Energy’s EV Plan: This plan boasts a super-low off-peak rate of 8 cents per kWh, making it a serious contender for cost-conscious Aussies. Plus, you get a 10-cent feed-in tariff for any excess solar energy you export to the grid, turning your rooftop panels into a mini money-making machine.

  • PowerDrive’s Electric Vehicle Plan: PowerDrive takes a slightly different approach, offering a fixed daily rate that covers both your home electricity needs and EV charging. This can be a good option for households with predictable energy usage.

  • Powershop: Powershop offers a variety of electricity plans, including some with off-peak discounts that can be beneficial for EV owners. You can compare their plans on their website.

  • Simply Energy: Simply Energy’s “Simply EV” plan offers a fixed daily rate for off-peak charging, making it a good option for predictable EV users.

  • Red Energy: Red Energy offers a range of electricity plans, including some with off-peak discounts for EV charging. You can find their plans on their website.

The Takeaway: Do Your Research and Talk to Your Energy Provider

So, there you have it, folks! Choosing an EV energy plan is a no-brainer for solar-powered Aussies looking to take their eco-conscious lifestyle to the next level. It’s not just about saving money, it’s about embracing a smarter, cleaner energy.

Remember, the best EV plan for you will depend on your individual needs and circumstances. Consider your typical charging habits, the size of your solar system (if you have one), and your budget to find the perfect match.

Also: Disclaimer: This is not financial advice; we strongly recommend doing your own research to find out what is best for you and your household.

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Written By:

Luke Cove
Managing Director
Lightning Solar & Electrical

luke cove - Founder of lightning solar

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