September 17th, 2019 by Kyle Field
ChargePoint casually dropped its new residential electrical automobile charger into the market immediately and it packs a particular function that enables it to play nicely with any enter amperage from 16 amps as much as 50 amps with out a lot fuss. The brand new ChargePoint Dwelling Flex brings the identical ChargePoint expertise into the storage with out having to fret about whether or not or not the output amperage of the house circuit is an actual match for the electrical automobile (EV) charger earlier than buying it.
On the skin, you wouldn’t be capable to inform that something was completely different because it appears the identical as ChargePoint’s present Dwelling charger, however issues get thrilling once you take a peek below the hood. We talked with ChargePoint’s Product Advertising and marketing guru Danny Allen concerning the new Dwelling Flex and he informed us that the aim with the brand new Dwelling Flex was,”to let a purchaser purchase a product and know that the charger will work with their dwelling and their automobile.” The Flex does that, in spades.
It’s put in like some other EV charger that may be wired straight into a house circuit or patrons can go for a model with a plug on the top that may be plugged straight into both a NEMA 6-50 or a NEMA 14-50 outlet. After the connection is made, patrons can merely set the amperage of the house circuit within the ChargePoint app and it’s off to the races.
The need to supply patrons extra flexibility got here in parallel to a want to ship even quicker speeds than ChargePoint’s present Dwelling EV charger. “We needed to extend the amperage capability of the charger, however retain the very well reviewed design of the present dwelling station.” The Flex provides a powerful quick charging velocity of 50 amps, which, at 240 volts, provides charging speeds of as much as 12 kW.
The Flex is a very neat providing at this early stage within the EV market, the place patrons would possibly begin with a plug-in hybrid that may solely cost at three.three kW. They won’t need to pay to have a wholly new excessive amperage circuit run to cost the automobile. The Flex lets them set up their EV charger on a decrease energy circuit and get all their dwelling charging finished immediately. Sooner or later, when the time is correct to improve to an extended vary battery electrical automobile, they’ll simply improve their dwelling to the next energy circuit for quicker charging of their new electrical automobile.
The flexibleness constructed into the charger saves EV drivers cash on upgrades immediately and lets them make that call once they really want a quicker cost sooner or later. The spectacular half is that they’ll cost each automobiles, on a 16 amp or 50 amp circuit with the identical charger. It’s about as future proof as a house EV charger can get.
As with ChargePoint’s present Dwelling charger, the brand new Flex comes filled with intelligence and WiFi connectivity to make your charging even simpler and cheaper. This factor even will get software program updates to make sure that it’s bringing all the newest options to homeowners. Drivers can faucet into that intelligence to schedule charging to start out at a selected time, which is a good way to keep away from getting slammed by increased time-of-use charges that utilities are more and more adopting. For all of the good dwelling fanatics on the market, it additionally options Alexa integration to let homeowners examine the charging standing, together with a variety of different capabilities, from the consolation of the sofa.
Shopping for a ChargePoint charger lets drivers see all of their dwelling, office, and public charging on the ChargePoint community from contained in the app. ChargePoint is already the go-to public EV charging community in a lot of the US and including a Dwelling Flex to the storage makes the end-to-end charging expertise that rather more seamless.
We might be posting a way more in depth evaluation of the Dwelling Flex within the coming weeks, however till then, you possibly can choose up a ChargePoint Dwelling Flex beginning immediately on Amazon or at ChargePoint.com for $699. The Dwelling Flex by default lets homeowners use a circuit from 16 amps as much as 50 amps to cost their automobiles with its 23-foot lengthy charging cable and its J1772 connector.