Solar For Your Car FAQ
Can I put a solar panel on my car?
A solar car kit can be used to convert a conventional car to run on solar energy. Not only are solar kits affordable, but they can also help you do your bit for the environment. A solar kit can be installed on virtually any type of car, but it is easiest to convert an electric vehicle to run on solar power.
How do you attach solar panels to a car roof?
You can purchase a solar panel car kit and attach it yourself. We recommend this if you have worked with live wires and batteries. Alternatively you can have us come and install it for you. Trust me it’s heaps easier mate!
Do solar panels need to be tilted?
Technically you can capture more energy during the whole year by adjusting the tilt of the panels according to the season. This is because the sun is higher in the summer and lower in the winter and you may want to adjust the tilt to maximise the suns power. But when it comes to your vehicle, we find you will get agood charge having it flat and it’s way more convenient too.
How do you repair a solar panel to a van roof?
We found this video video on how to repair a panel on a solar roof or you can save yourself some hassle and we can take a look.
What size solar panel do I need for my van?
This is a complicated question to answer because it isn’t simple. Two factors must be taken into account.
The first of them is the space available on the roof of the vehicle The average has a length of 4-6 meters and a width of 2.5 – 3 meters. This is enough space to install around 6-8 flexible solar panels of 100W on the rooftop (without considering possible obstructions).
In many cases the shape of the vehicle could be rounded, so the best solar panels are the flexible models that can be bent up to 30°. These will allow you to install more solar panels on the roof than a fixed mounted option would. Now, once you have selected the brand and type of module that you will install, you must check the available space on your roof and calculate how many panels could fit on the roof based on the dimensions of the modules.
The second factor that must be measured is the number of loads that you want to charge and supply with the modules and a solar power bank. Take into account the minimum power size that you need for your loads and calculate how many 100W flexible modules would be needed to cover them.
Make a balance between these two factors, and if the estimated size that you need exceeds the available space on the roof, you must consider reducing the number of loads that would be backed up. An average of four 100-watt solar panels should be enough to cover most of the appliances that you would like.