ROME – Savings of one thousand euros per year for those who choose an electric car instead of a petrol one for the same km traveled. It is the result of a study conducted by Otovo, a Norwegian company whose mission is to install photovoltaic systems in the residential sector, which compared the average annual consumption of an electric car – powered by solar energy that comes from the roof of the house – compared to the corresponding version with petrol engine.
The analysis was made considering the fuel prices for each country in which the company operates, ie in Italy, France, Spain, Norway, Sweden, Germany and Poland. And guess what: Italy is on the podium. In our country, charging electric cars through a photovoltaic system is 14 times cheaper than refueling with petrol. Spain follows, where solar energy costs 12 times less than fossil fuel, while in France and Germany the ratio in favor of electric cars drops to 11. he electric car is 9 times higher than petrol and, on a par with Norway and Sweden, where recharging is 8 times cheaper than full gasoline.
But that is not all. Using an electric car powered by solar energy means incurring a cost of 0.0084 euros per kilometer, while those who drive a car with an internal combustion engine spend 0.1176 euros. Who also uses the photovoltaic system is not subject to increases in electricity, but can count on a supply whose price does not increase. These numbers translate into an annual expense of 1176 euros for those traveling with a petrol car and 84 euros for the electric motorist who recharges at home with solar panels.
“This study confirms the role of energy self-consumption as a sustainable and profitable solution for the environment”, explains Fabio Stefanini, General Manager of Otovo Italy. “The benefits are felt not only for domestic needs but also for daily commuting. And they become even more tangible by associating the photovoltaic system with an accumulation system, capable of storing energy. So you can take it when you need it and, in the case of an electric vehicle, it allows you to recharge it even in the hours without light. We believe that the ecological transition is within everyone’s reach and we continuously work for this mission ”.