A straightforward, low-cost meter fortification from Siemens and the company ConnectDER might completely change the landscape of at-home EV charging.
The American home is one of the most difficult barriers standing between the car-buying public and the EVs revolution. Many homes lack garages and many others have outdated electrical systems, making it challenging. It is expensive to start, or completely impractical to charge EVs at home. However, Siemens & ConnectDER have developed one that appears to be successful.
The home EV charging system solution from ConnectDER is a retrofittable collar that attaches to the energy meter box, saving time and money without needing to upgrade other components of the domestic electrical system. The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority’s “High Performing Grid” award of $1.5 million was given to ConnectDER in December of last year after they began testing the collar in New York City.
According to ConnectDER, the money will help the company create and market its next-gen meter collar adapters. It will allow quick, affordable, and all-encompassing connections of electricity and data to DERs including solar, energy storage, and EVs.
The grant in question is an external initiative that uses DERS at a detailed level to support grid stability and dependability. As a result, the new collar feeds into both the dispersed energy resources movement and the trend toward virtual power plants.
Rooftop solar & home EV charging systems are simply two components of the building electrified movement, as the VPP viewpoint is important. Additionally, the popularity of heat pumps is surging.
Still Better Option for Home EV Charging
As soon as ConnectDER and the two businesses revealed a contract the week before, Siemens entered the game. The deal calls for Siemens to receive exclusivity on ConnectDER’s new plug-in adapter for Evs charging system.
According to Siemens, “The innovative device will allow owners of electric vehicles (EVs) to charge EVs by connecting chargers directly through the meter socket, an accessible and practical point in every home. “The adapter will save an estimated 60 to 80 percent of the charger installation cost by avoiding the requirement for electric panel changes,” according to the manufacturer.
Nearly half of US houses would require an upgrade in order to install Level 2 EV charging stations, which they characterize as a 7-11kW system demanding 40-60 amps on a 240V line.
Future Steps in Decarbonization
Siemens has already established a sizable presence in the sector, and its clout in the EV charging industry is growing quickly.
Siemens developed strategies for accessible Electric vehicle charging stations in July in collaboration with other top electric mobility players from the business and shipping sectors. This work is under the auspices of the environmentally friendly nonprofit Ceres.
A $7.5 billion sum set allocated in the joint infrastructure package from the previous year for EV charging points is already being considered by the Alliance.