ChargePoint wants to put a $500 electric car charger in your garage

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Jun 28, 2016

Sean Buckley ,
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If you have an electric car, you’re probably familiar with ChargePoint: it’s the largest electric vehicle charging network out there. It has chargers all over the world, and a lot of them are free to use. Later this summer, you’ll be able to install one of the chargers in your own garage — but that’ll cost you $500.

The ChargePoint Home EV charger was first announced back at CES, but back then it wasn’t clear how much an in-home unit would cost. Now we know: the in-home unit will sell for $500-750, depending on how much power it puts out, how it’s installed and how long its charging cord is. Want a 32 amp hard-wired installation that can charge a car up to 25 feet away? It’ll cost you extra. Want to save some cash? Go with a shorter (12 or 18-foot) cable, a slower 16 amp, 12 RPH (range per hour) charge speed and a plug-installation.

This isn’t ChargePoint’s first residential charger (the company has been making those since it was known as Coulomb), but is definitely its smartest: the ChargePoint Home is a WiFi connected system that integrates with the company’s larger charging network and its associated mobile app. You can track where and when you charged your car (at home, work or a public station) and schedule remote charging and charge reminders. It even integrates with Nest to facilitate energy savings or shut the system down in case of a power surge. ChargePoint hasn’t announced the official sale date yet: just that it’ll be available on Amazon later this summer.

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About The Author - Jeremy Smithson

Started Puget Sound Solar in 2001 with 30 years of construction contracting experience, and a desire to turn Seattle on to solar energy. Achieving NABCEP certification in 2004, Jeremy believes that our customers often follow a path similar to the one he took, starting out with solar daydreaming, then progressing to education on the subject, and eventually leading to action. In addition to leading the company he also does some teaching and speaking engagements about various aspects of solar energy, and experiments relentlessly with various solar, energy efficiency, and electric vehicle projects.

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