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The makers of this tier-one mobile EV cable want everyone to have smart charging

The makers of this tier-one mobile EV cable want everyone to have smart charging

The makers of this tier-one mobile EV cable want everyone to have smart charging

Palo-Alto, California provider of electric vehicle charging software ev.energy and provider of Internet of Things (IoT) solutions. Smartenitbased in Irvine, California, today launched a smart, grid-optimized Level 1 mobile EV cable for drivers who don’t have access to home charging stations.

This tier one mobile EV cable is smart

Most—but not all—EVs come with a mobile charging cable with a standard SAE J1772 charging connector, which plugs into any three-prong 120V outlet. (Teslas no longer they are equipped with mobile connectorsand the Let’s go EV6 also does not come with a cell phone connector.)

Older EV models are also more likely to lack built-in telematics connectivity that allows them to take advantage of utility programs that pay bill credits or other financial incentives for charging at grid-optimal times. ev.energy-Smartenit mobile charging cable solves these problems.

The makers of this tier-one mobile EV cable want everyone to have smart charging

This Level 1 charging cable plugs into any 120V outlet. A Wi-Fi connected modem inside the device connects it to ev.energy app which offers EV drivers automatic off-peak charging schedules to minimize charging costs. It is also working with several US energy companies to offer EV drivers additional cash back for participating in smart charging programs.

For example, last summer, Connecticut-based United Illuminating Company customers used the ev.energy platform to earn $50 a month for charging at optimal grid times, earning up to $200 in cash.

Electrek’s Take

The Level 1 version of this cable retails for $350. (There is also a Level 2 version available for sale that costs $500.) There are many Level 1 EV charging cables on the market that cost less, but this is smart, so it saves users money in the long run.

Tesla’s mobile connector right now it costs $200, and you can use the Tesla app to set it to charge during off-peak hours. I own a Tesla mobile connector – I managed to score one before Tesla stopped including it with the car – and I use it every day at home to charge my Model 3. I’d be in big trouble without it. I used a Level 1 adapter outdoors when I lived in St. Petersburg, Florida. We are now using a Gen 2 NEMA 6-50 adapter in Vermont in our garage. The Tesla Mobile Smart Connector does the job with Level 1 and Level 2 adapters.

So I wouldn’t need this product as a Tesla driver, but it could prove valuable to someone looking to replace their older non-smart level 1 charging cable with a smart charger to save on their household electricity bills.

If someone charges their EV in the parking lot of their apartment building, I guess it depends on whether or how they are charged for using the utility electrical outlets. I’d love to hear from apartment dwellers about this – is it free or does it cost you in some way to use a utility outlet? Would this product be helpful to you?

Joseph Vellonesaid ev.energy head of North America Electrek via email what he considered the difference was for his company’s mobile EV charger. He replied:

It contains a Wi-Fi connected modem that enables smart charging at home via the ev.energy software platform. This means it will calculate the optimal schedule for an EV driver based on their desired charge level and departure time, while scheduling the cheapest (off-peak) and lowest carbon hours based on the ev.energy data it receives from the driver.

If the driver is a customer of a participating utility company, he can benefit from additional cash rebates on EV charging through the ev.energy mobile app, which the driver uses with the charger. For example, electric vehicle drivers in Massachusetts benefit from $0.05/kWh on their off-peak charging through a program run by National Grid.

This [smart charging cable] it ensures everything Electric vehicle drivers – not just those who drive top/newer models or live in a detached family home with their own private EV charging station – can enjoy the benefits of greener and cheaper charging.

Do you think this smart mobile EV cable is a good value? Would you buy it and why or why not? Let us know in the comments below.


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