/ Today, would you buy an EV vehicle. #211
How do they convert Dc to AC without dumping it into a storage vehicle to then allow an inverter to do a conversion.
You can't have direct DC to AC...impossible.
I have a 8.9 Kw grid tied system w/no battery storage. The power comes straight from the panels - to the inverter - to the house - to the grid. So if the panels are producing 6kw, and I'm using 1kw, the other 5 get exported. I would LOVE to have some storage because in this set up, if the power goes out, the inverter shuts off, and the whole system turns off for safety reasons. You don't want to be back feeding to the grid when the power is out, in case you have a linesman on a pole near you. He needs to live too
I'm on my 3rd EV since 2016, and it was the best decision I ever made, and don't plan on going back to an ICE ever. I started with a Nissan leaf, got a standard range Tesla Model 3, and now have a Long range model 3. I'd still have the standard range, but I changed jobs with a much longer commute, and I was able to sell a 3 year old car w/45k miles for MORE than I paid for it new. Seemed like a no brainer.
The fears of running out of charge are vastly overblown. Hasn't happened in the 7 years of ownership, and I don't anticipate it happening ever. With the combination of solar + EV, its very hard to beat. I essentially drive for free. In NY anyway, we have net metering so every Kw I export to the grid, I get in a "credit" to use at a later time, so I way over produce in the summer, but still don't get a bill in the winter because of my summer credits. Having the combination of the 2, makes pay off for both much quicker. I'm 5 years in on solar, and based on current gas prices, my pay off is about 1 1/2 years away. So I'll have ~18 years of full warranty on the panels / inverter of profit. With $0 transportation cost, that also reduces the break even point on the car. Clearly if you compare a 50K model 3 to a 20k commuter, you're never going to break even, but to other cars in its class. No brainer.