Emerging ways are allowing customers to opt for renewable energy to meet charging needs, thereby allowing them to align charging to energy source availability and get savings.

FREMONT, CA: Presently, the global energy system is facing enormous challenges. In this context, the transport fleet is transitioning to electric vehicles where energy utilization is greener. The electric vehicles and renewable energy synergies are of great significance today for ensuring energy security, preventing pollution, and promoting energy-saving and emission reduction. According to Climate Week NYC, transportation is moving in the right direction by looking to combine the benefits of electric vehicles and renewable energy. Below is an exploration of emerging renewable energy charging options currently offered.

• Network Charging

In some instances, customers can access a network of the station to charge their EVs with renewable energy. Energy technology developers have come up with a network charging program that allows customers to source their charging electricity from wind and solar power. In this network charging option, customers can enroll either in a pay-as-you-go plan or a membership plan.

• Managed Charging

Through managed charging programs, customers can control the timing of electric vehicle charging with renewable energy availability and grid needs, while still meeting customer needs. In this method, customers can delay charging for up to an hour each day to better align with available renewable energy, in exchange for lower charging rates.

• Charging with On-Site Renewables

Electric vehicle charging can be paired with on-site renewable energy generation, by co-locating vehicles with on-site solar energy systems, and in some cases, batteries. This program gives customers access to charging stations, and when not in use, the energy is stored in battery systems. 

Many cities and companies have established objectives to convert their vehicles to EVs and power them with renewable energy sources. With this rising trend, it is crucial to explore new ways to charge EVs with renewable energy sources to maximize emission reductions.

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