What is Virtual SolarCharge?
Virtual SolarCharge is like harnessing the energy of the sun right into your EV - bringing you a more sustainable home-charging experience. You can drive on sunshine, confident that your CO2 impact is even lower than before.
At Monta, we're constantly setting a new standard in EV charging. With Virtual SolarCharge, we've created a feature that lets you tailor your home-charging experience to fit your lifestyle - precisely, comfortably, and sustainably.
Offering the best EV charging service can quickly become costly and complicated for businesses
Homeowners who want to charge their EVs with solar energy may need to spend more time and money to make it happen.
What is Monta’s solution?
100% solar energy
Monta's Virtual SolarCharge algorithm aligns solar energy supply with EV charging demand, enabling users to charge their EVs with 100% solar energy.
Zero modifications to existing solar setup
Any solar panel, inverter, and battery can be used with Virtual SolarCharge, along with any chargers that supports it.
No additional costs
Monta’s Virtual SolarCharge feature, like all Monta features, is free of charge to help drivers EV better.
Easy setup guaranteed
Setting up Virtual SolarCharge takes less than 5 minutes and can be done by simply anyone. No complex hardware integrations, new EV chargers with special sensors, or additional software tools are necessary - only the Monta app is needed.
Charging at no cost
With Virtual SolarCharge, homeowners can maximise the use of their solar panels to cut down on EV charging expenses at home. Depending on the user’s solar system setup, they might even charge their devices for free or at a minimal cost. This not only allows them to recover their initial investment more quickly but also supports a greener and more sustainable future.
How Virtual SolarCharge works
Charge Now + Virtual SolarCharge
EV drivers can ensure that their EVs are charged directly from their solar panels. Charging will automatically slow down if the sun is obstructed by clouds or stop if daylight ends.
How do I activate Virtual Solar Charge in the Monta App?
Will SolarCharge work everywhere and for all charge point brands?
Virtual SolarCharge is available in all Monta-operated markets. Check our database to find compatible charge points.
What does 'virtual' mean in 'Virtual SolarCharge'?
The term 'virtual' in 'Virtual SolarCharge' indicates that there is no physical integration required with the solar panels or PV inverters. Instead, it is a virtual connection that leverages the information you provide about your solar panels, location data, weather patterns, and a few setup questions. Monta's Virtual SolarCharge algorithm uses this data to estimate the amount of energy generated by your solar panels and instructs the charger when to charge your car and at what rate.
This approach offers a seamless and effortless integration experience, eliminating the need for lengthy and complex integration steps.
Is an integrated SolarCharge feature coming?
Yes, we are excited to announce that our upcoming feature, "True SolarCharge," is scheduled to be released early in 2024. True SolarCharge will offer seamless integration into your home's power system through the Smart meter. This integration will further enhance the solar charging experience, taking into account the energy usage of your home and providing a comprehensive solution for utilising solar energy to power your electric vehicle.
What is the minimum power that needs to be produced by the solar panels to fully charge my EV?
Most EVs and chargers have a charging limit of 6 amps, which means that charging is only possible when the solar panels are producing that much energy from the sun. That usually means 1.4kW depending on the geographic region and electrical installation of the charge point. If the solar panels produce less than 1.4kW of energy, then SolarCharging will be paused until power increases above that threshold.