The biggest news in the EV space over the last few months has been the launch of the Jaguar I-PACE, the first electric car from Jaguar Land-Rover. We saw it for the first time ‘in the flesh’ at the Fully Charged Live show and rather liked the look of it.
As promised, we showed our faces at Fully Charged Live at Silverstone on Saturday. This was the first exhibition and conference launched by Robert Llewellyn off the back of his Fully Charged YouTube show, but I’m sure not the last.
This is about Days 6 and 7 of owning a PowerBanx home battery, and a summary of the result of a week running our house with one. On Day 1 I explained how it charges up from our solar panels during the day and then empties during the evening to power the house. The battery
My experience on Day 1 with a PowerBanx home battery showed that it’s perfectly possible to run a house with using any grid electricity, i.e. for free. However, my experiences on Day 2 and Day 3 showed that it was quite hard to also charge an electric car for free with the same system –
While using our PowerBanx home battery got us through Day 1 without paying for any electricity to run the house, attempting to also charge the car on Day 2 had meant that we had ending up using some mains electricity to get through the evening (about 60p worth).
My attempt to live without paying for electricity using a PowerBanx home battery worked well on Day 1 so I was optimistic going into Day 2. As we have seen, the day started with the battery still half full at midnight. The night-time loads were small so there was still 30% in the battery at
Once your PowerBanx home battery is installed you can choose to ‘fit and forget’, i.e. don’t touch it again. It will sit there in the background automatically charging when electricity is cheap (i.e. off solar and Economy 7) and discharging to power your home when electricity is expensive (which is most of the day, but
As we transition away from polluting fossil-fuelled vehicles to electric vehicles it is common for owners to think about the source of the electricity they use for charging.