Parking Energy wants to make EV charger installation plug and play

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The question whether electric vehicles will become the predominant method of personal transport is no longer debated among industry experts and car manufacturers. Every major automotive brand is entering the market and many countries are abandoning fossil fuel cars entirely. But where (and how) will all of these things get their juice?

One of the major bottlenecks is the inability to provide scalable and cost-effective EV charging systems for residential and commercial buildings. Currently EV charging options are expensive and designed with single digit installations in mind. This raises the barriers for the property owners to invest in EV chargers and makes expanding the installations slow and inefficient. Parking Energy has a solution for this bottleneck.

Parking Energy Ltd is introducing new technology for electric vehicle charging in real estate based on a cabling system with Parking Energy Quick Connectors that enable chargers to be added in plug-and-play manner. The idea is for EV charger installation of any kind to take only a minute while eliminating wasteful investments.

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Parking Energy’s solution separates EV chargers from cabling and other electrical infrastructure improvements, which are long-term investments in stable technology. However, EV chargers are being developed at a fast pace to meet the changing demand characteristics and regulatory requirements.

Building EV-readiness for a whole parking garage begins by upgrading the electrical distribution center if needed. Cabling with the Quick Connectors is then brought to every parking spot. After this one-time investment the parking area is ready for the rapid installation of EV chargers of various types fitting the particular needs of the tenants. The solution can be installed in both new and old properties with indoor and outdoor parking.

The system enables a power output of up to 44 kW per Quick Connector. Currently charging unit variants are available in 3,7 kW, 7,2 kW and 22 kW power outputs. This allows users to choose a charging unit for their own need. The system will enable all future charging technologies such as inductive charging and vehicle-to-grid charging. All chargers have the identical and same rapid one-minute installation process. All chargers are sold as a service, which makes it easy to change the composition and number of chargers.

The first system using this technology has been installed in the headquarters of a leading Nordic pension insurance company with full 238 parking spaces ready for EV charging. The property has multiple tenants, whose charging needs are met by Parking Energy charging service, reducing the need for the property owner to invest time or money into the process.

“This is more than just introducing a new charging equipment to the market. This is an open technology platform which any EV charger manufacturer, charging operator or car manufacturer is can utilize from now on. It’s like the USB port for electric vehicle chargers, enabling compatibility throughout the industry. This will speed up the adoption of electric vehicles in a global scale.” – Jiri Räsänen, CEO, Parking Energy

Parking Energy is a Finnish company founded in 2014 with 20 employees. The company specializes in real-estate electric vehicle charging solutions.

— Solar Builder magazine

Vivint Solar signs deal with ChargePoint to offer EV charging solution

Vivint Solar announced a strategic agreement with ChargePoint, the world’s largest electric vehicle (EV) charging network, to offer ChargePoint Home charging solutions and custom installations directly to residential customers. This is only a few months after Vivint’s deal with Mercedes-Benz.

Vivint Solar will work with ChargePoint and other strategic collaborators to provide Fully Integrated Solar, the industry’s most comprehensive residential product suite featuring a solar energy system, EV charger, home battery and smart home technology for intelligent energy management. By leveraging best-in-class energy technologies, Fully Integrated Solar from Vivint Solar enables consumers to build their own clean-energy ecosystems at home.

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Vivint Solar is making a move to be the national residential solar provider that offers rooftop solar customers a one-stop shop. Compatible with any EV, ChargePoint Home brings innovation to the home garage, offering the smartest, smallest and most advanced home charging solution for EV drivers. The first and only home charger with ENERGY STAR certification, ChargePoint Home charges EVs up to six times faster than a standard 110V outlet, delivering up to 25 miles of Range Per Hour and using 40 percent less energy than a standard EV charger when not charging. ChargePoint Home features a compact, slim design and is easy to manage with an app that enables drivers to schedule charging, start charging remotely and track energy usage and all charging in one place.

When EV drivers need to charge away from home, they can count on more than 40,000 ChargePoint charging spots across North America. ChargePoint is the only charging company that offers a suite of solutions to serve EV drivers everywhere they go: at home, at work, around town and on a trip.

 

Vivint Solar will offer the ChargePoint EV solution directly to homeowners in select markets in California. Customers will be able to buy the complete home solar solution – or customize a package based on their needs – through Vivint Solar’s personal sales representatives.

— Solar Builder magazine