Start-up Zolar and Toy­ota bring mobil­i­ty rev­o­lu­tion to the road together

Ger­man solar start-up Zolar and car man­u­fac­tur­er Toy­ota are bring­ing togeth­er what belongs togeth­er: pho­to­voltaics and e‑mobility are cur­rent­ly grow­ing stronger than ever with the increas­ing elec­tri­fi­ca­tion of mobil­i­ty and the home — and now hand in hand. With their coop­er­a­tion, the start-up and the car man­u­fac­tur­er are focus­ing on the devel­op­ment of sus­tain­able sce­nar­ios for e‑mobility at home. This will make it even eas­i­er for con­sumers to com­bine pow­er gen­er­a­tion, elec­tric­i­ty stor­age and elec­tro­mo­bil­i­ty under one roof and make an impor­tant con­tri­bu­tion to cli­mate protection.

“The expan­sion of pri­vate charg­ing infra­struc­ture is a crit­i­cal fac­tor for the long-term suc­cess of elec­tro­mo­bil­i­ty,” says Alex Melz­er, CEO of Zolar. “E‑mobility and pho­to­voltaics can no longer be con­sid­ered sep­a­rate­ly — only togeth­er can we holis­ti­cal­ly shape the mobil­i­ty trans­for­ma­tion. With Toy­ota, we have an extreme­ly strong part­ner at our side to dri­ve the ener­gy and trans­port trans­for­ma­tion in the pri­vate sec­tor even more strong­ly and to offer peo­ple sim­ple solu­tions. In this way, togeth­er we can increase our impact on the cli­mate many times over.”

“As part of our Beyond Zero strat­e­gy, the goal is clear­ly defined: decar­boniza­tion across the entire vehi­cle life­cy­cle — includ­ing man­u­fac­tur­ing, dis­tri­b­u­tion, use, recy­cling and dis­pos­al. Our all-elec­tric mod­el ini­tia­tive includes the glob­al launch of 30 new all-elec­tric mod­els by 2030. The part­ner­ship with Zolar and the asso­ci­at­ed option for cus­tomers to charge their e‑car with clean and green solar pow­er from their own roof will dri­ve this goal even faster and com­pletes our cus­tomers’ expec­ta­tions in the area of e‑services,” says Mario Köh­ler, Direc­tor Sales, Val­ue Chain, After Sales & Net­work at Toy­ota Germany.

E‑mobility at home — sim­ple and sustainable

Elec­tric cars are par­tic­u­lar­ly cli­mate-friend­ly if the elec­tric­i­ty to pow­er them comes from renew­able ener­gy sources. Pho­to­voltaics in com­bi­na­tion with a wall­box already enables home­own­ers in Ger­many to charge their elec­tric car com­fort­ably at home with clean and at the same time cost-effec­tive solar pow­er. A recent study shows that a good one in two con­sumers (43 per­cent) do not know how to charge an e‑car at home. This is pre­cise­ly the point at which Zolar is doing impor­tant edu­ca­tion­al work in the course of the coop­er­a­tion, because in 2021, three quar­ters of all charg­ing process­es in Ger­many took place at home. The green­tech start­up offers home­own­ers very sim­ple and dig­i­tal access to cus­tomized solar solu­tions that enable the pro­duc­tion and use of green ener­gy around the home and their own e‑car.

Holis­tic solar and mobil­i­ty solutions

Look­ing to the near future, the coop­er­a­tion is intend­ed to bring the fields of e‑mobility and sus­tain­able pow­er gen­er­a­tion and stor­age ever clos­er togeth­er. In the future, it will be pos­si­ble to rent inte­grat­ed solar and mobil­i­ty solu­tions from Zolar, includ­ing a solar pow­er sys­tem, wall­box and e‑car for the pri­vate home. With the new Zolar Com­pass app, which will be launched before the end of 2022, con­sumers will be able to con­trol the charg­ing of their elec­tric cars using solar pow­er pro­duced on their own roofs via their smartphones.

Save around five tons of CO2 per year with solar sys­tem plus e‑car

A pho­to­volta­ic sys­tem on a one- or two-fam­i­ly house saves around four tons of CO2 per year com­pared to the con­ven­tion­al Ger­man elec­tric­i­ty mix. That’s the equiv­a­lent of six round-trip flights from Berlin to Mal­lor­ca, or 19,000 kilo­me­ters of dri­ving with a gaso­line-pow­ered car. Any­one who also installs a charg­ing sta­tion for an e‑car and “refu­els” it with solar pow­er pro­duced specif­i­cal­ly from the roof saves an addi­tion­al 1.11 tons of CO2.