Device to charge EV only when solar panel are producing?

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Device to charge EV only when solar panel are producing?

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Hi,

I am currently looking at purchasing my first EV. I have just installed my solar panel and wanted to know if there is any plug device that is allowing to charge the EV when the solar panels are producing?

Thanks,

Vincent
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I do this with an OpenEVSE.

OpenEVSE has WiFi and out of the box supports charging from Solar excess.

However, I did have to do some work with my solar system to install a MQTT broker and link the (Enphase) system to it.

The OpenEVSE supports several schemes including MQTT.

Here's a link to my previous posts about the device:

viewtopic.php?f=57&t=5765&p=80404&hilit=openevse#p80404

Note that there have been several new software releases since this.

I believe the ZAPPI is also capable of similar things.

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@doggy thanks a lot
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Yeah Zappi, OpenEVSE and the upcoming EO Mini Pro 2 can do that.
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Hi Vincent,

I may be a bit late in sending this. I've got the Zappi, have had it since late October, and have only ever used it to charge my EV (Hyundai Kona) with the excess solar power my system produces. It has three charging modes, one of which is called Eco+ which uses excess solar not being used by my house. If not enough excess solar is being produced (clouds come over, late in the day and sun going down etc) it will pause the charging until there is enough power produced. It's slower than from the grid charging, of course (well depending how much kW output your solar produces - mine's a 1 5kW system. Have done close to 2,000km and haven't had to pay a cent to charge the EV so far.

The Zappi is a brilliant little home charger! Here's a link to the people I bought it from https://www.evolutionaustralia.com.au/m ... stralia-nz
It was delivered to my place, in Perth, in less than two weeks and they recommended a local installer who did a great job. Suggest you look at Youtube reviews of the Zappi.

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