[RE-wrenches] Onboard PV Charging Kit for Electric Vehicle

Jay jay.peltz at gmail.com
Wed Oct 5 05:52:47 PDT 2022

Hi Cory

What a beautiful truck. Would like to see the video of the solar extending 

My question, is it possible to go direct to the EV battery? 
he/she just wants to charge the ev right directly off the panels?

And what voltage is the main battery. 


> On Oct 5, 2022, at 1:01 AM, Corey Shalanski via RE-wrenches <re-wrenches at lists.re-wrenches.org> wrote:
> Wrenches,
> One of my friends converted his 1955 Ford F100 pickup truck into an electric vehicle. He also had a nifty (mechanized) racking assembly installed in the bed that can deploy a fold-out 3-module PV array at the push of a button. If you aren't yet salivating, please see the attached image.
> He would like to add an 'onboard off-grid' battery + inverter kit that would essentially allow the truck to *plug into itself* (or, more correctly, into the sun). My first question is if anyone has ever attempted anything like this? or knows of a similar project?
> I'm taking suggestions for your favorite off-grid kit components (make/model)—system specs as follows:
> Inverter: preferably around 3–4 kW output rating, can be either 120 or 120/240 Vac output since the EV charger is rated for both
> Batteries: we're thinking LFP for the chemistry, around 3–4 kWh @ 80% DOD, bank voltage would depend on inverter model (or the other way around, if you prefer)
> Charge Controller: wiring the modules in series would give 900 W / 118 Voc / 10 A Isc
> Battery SOC Meter: ideally can be mounted on dashboard
> Thanks in advance for any electrifying ideas the group can offer!
> --
> Corey Shalanski
> Jah Light Solar
> Portland, Jamaica
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