I’m just about to get my PHEV which is a BMW 530e, and I’m thinking of switching to OVO on the EV Everywhere tariff. I also have a 3.9kw Solar system which was installed in 2011, which means I’m fortunate to be on the full FIT, and have deemed export of 50%.
I have a couple of questions:
- Does the Smart Charger which I can get with this tariff measure the solar electricity being generated in my house, and vary the charge being delivered to the car, like the Zappi unit? Ideally I would like to charge the car solely on solar power, as this will mean 100% zero CO2 usage , at least for the shorter journeys, which will be the majority.
- If I have to have a smart meter installed, will this affect my current FIT - ie am I likely to get a reduced FIT payment because the smart meter can measure the amount of electricity actually exported, rather than assume the 50% deemed amount?
- What is the lead-time for the Smart Charger installation?
Many thanks in advance for any advice, answers or suggestions.
Best answer by NoPoke
I dont believe that the OVO smart charger is solar aware like the Zappi.
Given the small size of your car's battery I would not restrict my choice of charger to just those that are solar aware. Unless you have plans to get a full fat BEV.