Solar e-Car Charger:
The “Solar e-Car Charger ™” and “Solar EV Charger ™” are a roof- mounted solar module which continuously charges standard car batteries and deep cycle batteries. The product is commonly used for festival non-generator power, remote power for camping vans or leisure boats.
The solar module can charge batteries at all times, while driving or while parked outdoors. The product features secure connection of a flexible solar panel to the roof of an EV (electric vehicle) or hybrid car, a solar panel, clear sealed cover, solar charge controller, and voltage step-up or step-down transformer (if needed), and DC-AC inverter. It also includes the standard EV plug-in chord, adaptors, connectors, and extensions. It may include an adjustable height and angle for both ends and corners of the solar panel to maximize efficiency with the ideal angle toward the sun. A locking key mechanism for the solar frame rack for security is optional.
How It Works:
The Solar panel is connected to a solar charge controller. The controllers monitor and regulate the amount of energy going into the batteries, and includes an automatic shut down function. This is critical to avoid damaging the modules, equipment, and batteries. In this prototype case, I have a Renogy 150 watt, 12- volt solar panel (pictured in the “About” page of this website; higher- end Renogy 250-450 watt, 24-48-volt modules are also available) directly connected to the PWM solar charge controller below. The other prototype pictured above includes a flexible 120- watt solar panel sealed on top of a 2003 Honda Civic Hybrid which continuously “trickle” charges the batteries.
The charge controller is connected directly to two Batteries- Plus 6- volt lead acid deep cycle golf cart batteries equaling 12- volts in my electric car. Once connected, it takes a minute for the indicator to flash on and show the amount of battery voltage on the left, and the amps per second charging on the right. As shown on the photo below, the PV solar panel is charging two 6-volt batteries (indicating just over 12-volts at 13.4 volts at a rate of 7.4 amps per second). At this rate it may take a number of hours to fully charge these two batteries. It is the same rate I charge my electric car overnight using a standard 110v plug-in. This was tested on a sunny, summer day in Seattle. On partly cloudy day, I tested it to charge at around 4-6 amps per second.
Solar Product Promotions.
Mobile Zinger helped developed the Solar e-Car Charger ™, which is a roof – mounted solar module for festival non-generator power, remote power for camping vans, and electric golf carts that charges all standard deep cycle, golf cart batteries. Our charger is said to improve efficiency, battery health, battery life, and extend the range of the golf carts up to 30%. It can be a complete 100% solar powered solution under optimal climate, summer season and weather conditions (see “Solar e-Car Charger” product page of this website). Golf cart owners no longer need to pay for an expensive, new solar golf cart. You now can keep your existing fleet of golf carts and simply add our Solar e-Car Charger to the golf cart.
The “Solar e-Car Charger ™” or “Solar EV Charger ™” include a framed, roof- mounted solar module connected to a charge controller, transformer, golf cart batteries, and other accessories. The solar panel charges the vehicle at all times when exposed to light, while driving and parked outdoors.
The Solar e-Car Charger comes with two options. The standard solar array pictured above maximizes efficiency and charging capacity. These types of mono- and poly-crystalline solar modules can be as powerful as 450 watts.
This Solar e-Car Charger is a flexible module and is able to mount on your golf cart roof more seamlessly. However, the flexible model maximizes at approximately 120- watts. The photo at the top of this page shows a roof mounted flexible solar module.