Taking a look at charging options
Last month, we took a look at electric vehicle technology, specifically what the OEMs have developed and its impact on the aftermarket. In this issue we’ll take a look at some of the charging options available in the marketplace and how they might impact your customers who own and drive EVs.
We start things off with the Bosch Power Max. This is designed with functionality and safety in mind. It features no-touch operation, so you can just plug in your vehicle and walk away. The back is beveled so it can serve as a cord wrap, saving space and keeping your connector free from dirt and debris.
Next up is the AeroVironment TurboCord. This will charge your EV up to three times faster than the factory cord that comes with your vehicle without the added costs of installing a hard-wired charger. You can bring the TurboCord anywhere you go and plug it into any NEMA 6-20R socket.
The Schneider Electric EVlink features a modern, customizable design. You can choose a free skin online, with over 600 designs available and the option to upload your own photo. This unit will work in locations that are wired for either 208 or 240 voltage.
The ChargePoint Home is WiFi enabled, allowing for remote start, scheduled charging and reminders through a mobile app. The status indicator light has three colours to show charging status at a glance. It can be quite expensive if you’re not planning to use the WiFi capabilities.
You may want to consider having one in your shop that allows you to charge vehicles that technicians will be working on in your bays.
The sturdy GE Durastation is a budgetpriced option that can deliver either level 1 or 2 charging depending on the vehicle. The intelligent design gives the unit the ability to de-rate its voltage and amperage based on your car’s needs. An 18-foot cord is included.
There’s also the Siemens Versicharge that offers straightforward plug and play installation. It completely charges most EV batteries in less than 3.5 hours and includes a charge delay feature. The weatherproof enclosure is made of 60 percent recycled material with an attractive matte finish.
Also on our list is the Leviton Evr-Green. This is the first UL listed charging station that can provide up to 40 amps for faster charging. It has a weather resistant, watertight design for outdoor installations and it also has a non-permanent mounting option, so you can take it with you when you move. It can be surface mounted or flush mounted. The Leviton Evr-Green is used in most dealerships. All of these chargers range in weight from 18 to 20 lbs.
So, this brings me to the question you may be asking: Why am I telling you about charging options available for EVs? Well you may want to consider having one in your shop that allows you to charge vehicles that technicians will be working on in your bays. Your dealer competition is already using them, so now’s the time to consider purchasing one as the number of EVs and plug-ins is expected to increase, especially in metro areas.