Networked Charger Manufacturer Claims Consumer EV Breakthrough,
To Be Competitive with Un-Networked Chargers Starting This Summer
Networked electric vehicle charger specialist ChargePoint has unveiled its first product for consumers. “ChargePoint Home is a break-through in EV charging,” the company says, “offering speed, convenience and intelligence to give EV drivers the seamless charging experience ChargePoint is known for in the comfort of their own home.”
The unit is to go on sale this summer at a price point “competitive with the non-networked stations on the market,” says a spokeswoman.
ChargePoint Home is small – “about the size of your average tablet,” the company says, and boasts an “ultra-sleek, durable design.”
20,000 Commercial Units in Place
“ChargePoint has spent years perfecting commercial charging stations, and with over 20,000 charging spots, we have built the largest EV charging network in the world,” CEO Pasquale Romano said in a release.
“With our entrance into the single family home market, we are giving even more people the most advanced tools needed to confidently and conveniently drive an EV,” he said. “Smart homes, smart phones and smart cars. It makes sense to connect them to create a user-friendly, efficient and complete charging system at home.”
Standard J1772 at the Business End
The 32-amp ChargePoint Home will allow drivers to add electricity for as much as 25 miles of driving in about an hour.
“Smart” features include
- scheduling through the ChargePoint app “to minimize energy costs and work around your life;”
- remote start-and-stop charging;
- reminders to plug in; and
- compatibility with the with Nest Learning Thermostat.
ChargePoint Home will be available with different cord lengths to fit any garage. It plugs into a standard 240-volt outlet and has an SAE J1772 connector for indoor or outdoor use.
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