Getting an EV Home Charger Is Going to Be a Simpler Process

Wish you had a faster charger for your EV? Say goodbye to complex and expensive installations. Has upgrading our charging game just become easier than ever?
Written by Elaine Duvet
Reviewed by Kathleen Flear
Aug 25, 2022
Taking forever to juice up your
EV
with a Level 1 charger? If only you could use a faster Level 2. Unfortunately, your home’s electrical panel likely isn’t built to handle the voltage and amperage requirements for a Level 2 Alternating Current (AC). 
Jerry
, the
car ownership super app
, checks out the team who just eliminated a major roadblock for EV adoption. 

A cost-effective solution

After your exciting EV purchase, you’ll probably be stuck with a 110-volt charger, which can take a very long time to charge your car. 
Some EVs like the
2023 Chevrolet Bolt EUV
come with a Level 2 AC charger free of cost. However, those OEMs only cover what's considered standard installation. If you want your electrical panel to be able to handle 240 volts at 40-60 amps, the upgrade will cost you. 
Fortunately, Siemens partnered with ConnectDER to cook up an affordable Level 2 alternative that doesn’t require an upgraded electrical panel. ConnectDER is known for enabling consumers to decarbonize their homes by adding new electrical service capacity.
ConnectDER came up with the main idea and incorporated their common
solar power installation practice
. The company adds a standardized collar between the meter box and metering head. 
The device will allow EV owners to charge their vehicles straight through the meter socket, which can be found in every home. 
Essentially, the adapter bypasses a home’s electrical service panel, saving owners anywhere from 60-80% when it comes to installation fees. 
Installation is straightforward and UL-certified. Also, it’s tool-free, requires no extra wiring, and its solar version is “capable of parallel power with the utility grid for solar systems with UL 1741 standard inverters,” according to
Motor Trend
After installing 12,000 solar meter collars, ConnectDER is pretty confident with its connection technology. 

Versatile EV charging infrastructure

The new EV system is also meant to work with Level 2 chargers as well. The collar attachment provides a direct connection to a 240-volt line and eliminates the need for a pricey 240 volt, 40-60 amp capable electrical panel setup. 
Siemens will come in with a proprietary plug that attaches to the collar and leads to your EV’s home charging station. 
Not only does this new technology reduce costs for EV owners, but it also saves them time. ConnectDER estimates that the installation should take no more than 15 minutes. 
And since almost 50% of American homes would need a panel upgrade, it gives new EV consumers more incentive to make a purchase. In fact, Juniper Research predicts that EV charging will grow by 390% globally over the next five years
The adapter will only be available from Siemens, a global leader in EV charging solutions. The company is focusing on meeting net-zero carbon emission goals and removing as many obstacles as possible to get there. 

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