Siemens’s new VersiCharge Smartgrid (SG) is a Wi-Fi-enabled charging station that allows residential owners to monitor and control usage remotely through a mobile app. Users can automatically turn charging on or off, schedule charging when rates are lowest, and view past power consumption data in graphical form.
The cloud-based charging station can also interact with utilities, receiving demand response and pricing signals so that utilities can offer programs that help manage demand. By shifting each EV charging event slightly in time or varying the rate at which energy is supplied to the EV, utilities can potentially reduce peak demand on the grid.
“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,” said Barry Powell, head of Siemens Low Voltage & Products. “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.”
Like all the company’s VersiCharge EV chargers, the UL-certified SG offers 30 amps of current at charging rates up to 7.2 kW, and includes a standard J1772 connector. It can be installed for indoor or outdoor use as a plug-in or hardwired installation. It can be mounted on a wall or on an optional pedestal.
The VersiCharge SG will be available for purchase later this year.