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Can you charge an electric car with your homes solar panels in Long Island / NYC?

“ Can you charge an electric car with your home’s solar panels in Long Island / NYC? ” is a popular question that we receive more and more from Long Islanders and New Yorkers thinking about going solar, as well as our current solar panel installation clients who purchased an electric car or plug-in hybrid and now want to leverage their solar panel system installation.

The answer is yes you can charge your electric car with your home’s solar panels. How great is that. You can really benefit from your solar panel installation and save even more every month.

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Can you charge an electric car with your homes solar panels?

There’s a couple of important things you need to know.

It may be difficult later on to add solar panels, so make sure you install the right number of solar panels to account for your home’s usage as well as your car’s charging usage.

Homeowners from Long Island and NYC may add panels as needed if they install panels with microinverters.   


We perform complete custom solar canopies over your driveway / garage to charge your electric car (ev).

Most of these big solar companies don’t truly care and turn down work for custom setups of a solar panel system designed to your specific layout and unique needs. We are your local and experienced solar installers completing a number of custom car canopy and carports for homes and businesses across Long Island & NYC.  You wouldn’t believe the amazing custom installation we did for Chase banks flat roof, check it out here.




Can solar panels charge a Prius? What about charging a Nissan Leaf? Chevy Volt?

Yes, yes and yes as well as the rest of the EV car models on the road can all be charged with your home solar installation. Here’s a good a list of the majority of them: BMW i3,Chevrolet Spark EV,Fiat 500e,Ford Focus Electric,Honda Fit EV,JAC J3 EV,Kia Soul EV,Lightning GT,Mitsubishi i-MiEV,Nissan Leaf,Smart electric drive,Tesla Model S P85 kW·h,Tesla Model S 85 kW·h,Tesla Model S 60 kW·h,Tesla Model X P90 kW·h,Tesla Model X 90 kW·h,Venturi Fétish,Volkswagen e-Golf, Volkswagen e-Up!

(Note: if you don’t see your EV car here, don’t worry, I bet we can charge it with solar panels so give us a call or message us today)

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So the next question we come to naturally is…

How many more solar panels do you need to charge your electric car (ev)?

How many solar panels to charge and electric (ev) car?
It comes down to the math and your unique needs, size of your installation,etc.  Let’s do some average calculations for solar panels charging your electric car in Long Island / NYC:

Regardless of which electric car you have, on average they need about an additional 200-250 kWh / month of electricity usage. Bigger batteries need more panels but 8-10 solar panels should be able to give you the charge you need on average.

These numbers we are simply basing from the average efficiency of the Chevy Volt, Nissan Leaf, and Mitsubishi iMiEV — which is around 4-5 miles / kWh, and for an average Long Island / NYC driver (12,000 miles per year). Also calculating that you’re using your car for mostly all of your driving, and you are only charging the car at home and not at an additional carport at work or anything.

So how much would an extra 200-250 kWh cost per month?

Just multiply 200-250 by your ConEd (NYC) or PSEGLI (Long Island) rate — average which is about  $.185 in Long Island and .24 in NYC, so this additional usage would cost you about $50-60 per month LI/NYC.

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Give us a call and let’s plan your unique installation today.  Our friendly family owned local staff is excited and happy to help you. (718) 785-9243

How many solar panels do I need on my roof to charge my Electric (EV) car?

It will generally be between 8-12 panels in Long Island and NYC to charge an electric vehicle but battery sizes vary as well as driving patterns, shading conditions at the site, seasonality and a series of other features.


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What if there’s no more room on my roof for additional solar panels to charge my EV car?

This is where our custom solar panel canopies car-port installations come into play.

Custom Solar Canopy Installation to charge electric car Long Island / NYC

Our custom solar panel canopy’s or custom solar carports are engineered by our expert and experienced staff for your unique needs ready to be integrated into the look and decor of your home. A solar carport for your electric vehicle will allow you to offset the additional power needs dictated by daily charging while at the same time, protecting your car from weather conditions. Sunlight which would typically damage your car would now be absorbed by the panels giving your car shade above. In the winter time, your car will be protected from snow fall above which can be corrosive or inconvenient.


What if there is a blackout and I can’t charge my car. Will my solar panels charge it?

Solar Panels on a house or on a solar carport canopy in Long Island and NYC will not charge a car unless a customer opts for a solar panel backup power solution. Backup power solutions include grid-tied solar panel battery backups as well as natural gas generators. grid-tie solar panel battery backups will feature a backup battery with lithium ion batteries which will charge from the panel in the event of both a blackout and a complete infrastructure failure. Natural gas generators will supply homeowners in Long Island and NYC with a reliable source of electricity to charge from but, they can fail in the event of another superstorm sandy or any type of flooding.

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Be prepared for the next power outage and get a free estimate for an emergency solar panel backup power system today

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Additional Benefits of a Solar Panel Installation

Solar Power saves alot of money on electric bills.

Federal and State rebate and financing programs make a solar investment simple and affordable.

Residential Solar is a long term investment which involves Zero or little out of pocket with savings on day one.

A Solar investment will increase the value of a home by thousands of dollars for every Kw installed on the roof.

What’s Included

  • Solar Engineering and Design
  • Equipment (We use only the best equipment)
  • Solar permitting and Permit Costs
  • Solar Financing for Zero or little out of pocket packages
  • Delivery and Installation with our Friendly In-house crews
  • Inspections, Warranties, Guarantees and Close Outs
  • Local, Family-Run, Licensed, Insured, Certified No Subcontracting

What You’ll Get

  • Going solar will give you a lower electric bill
  • A Cash free investment with low interest financing
  • Insulation from rising energy costs
  • Hassle Free experience taking care of all the paperwork and utility interconnection

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It all starts with a phone call to our friendly solar energy consultants. During the initial phone call, some basic questions will be asked to see what programs and incentives you qualify for. We will explain how solar works, what it costs, the process, and how much you can save in your unique situation. The whole process is hassle free from A-Z. There is absolutely no cost for our estimates or the time we spend educating you on our programs or on solar in general.

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Grid City Electric does not behave like a mega conglomerate looking to pillage the market place with a team of consultants, algorithms and shareholders. We are Human. When you call, our staff will know who you are and the specifics of your account. No long hold times. No lengthy questionnaires. No 50 page contracts. You are people, and so are we. Our employees could be your parents, or your recently graduated college kids who live here just like you and that is why we will treat you like family when you call.


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