Siemens has introduced VersiCharge Smartgrid (SG), a Wi-Fi-enabled electric vehicle (EV) charging station that allows residential owners to monitor and control usage remotely through a mobile or online app.
With this new technology, the company says an EV owner can automatically turn charging on or off, schedule charging when rates are lowest, and view past power-consumption data, including usage and cost, in a graphical form. The company adds the cloud-based charging station also interacts with utilities and can receive demand response and pricing signals.
“The VersiCharge SG solves two of the longest-lasting challenges associated with EV ownership: the uncertainty around the actual power being consumed and the ability to easily control energy consumption,” says Siemens' Barry Powell.
“Consumers can now have flexible charging options that can target either the cheapest energy rates or instant convenience, and utility partners can better understand the growing network of EVs and their impact on the power grid.”
The VersiCharge SG can be installed for indoor or outdoor use via a plug-in option or hardwire installation. Siemens says it also offers an accessory pedestal that allows users to install units in locations where a wall mount is not possible.
The VersiCharge SG will be available for purchase later this year.