As more of the motoring world shifts gradually away from fossil fuels and toward the open arms of more “eco-friendly” options like electric drivetrains, how and when those early-adopters can fuel-up their rides will play an important role in the EV segment’s growth.
To that end, the ChargePoint Home “smart” EV charger is now officially for sale on website Amazon.com, says the company (formerly Coulomb Technologies). The charger ranges in price from $499 to $749, depending on current (16 or 32 Amps), cord length (12 to 25 feet), and installation type (plug or hard-wired).
Beside the obvious convenience lent by a device which allows one to charge their EV at home, the ChargePoint Home station features things like automatic software updates, “Nest” integration, power supplier recognition, and most notably, a smartphone app which allows the user to view reminders, schedule automatic charging sessions, and initiate charging remotely. Furthermore, based on the user’s location and power supplier, the device can recommend times of day when electricity is the cheapest, thereby saving money.
As for expedience, the 16-Amp ChargePoint Home station can deliver a maximum of 12 miles of range per-hour, while the higher-rated 32-Amp version can charge at a rate of up to 25 miles per-hour. (This is model-dependent, of course.) Each the 16 and 32-Amp models of the ChargePoint Home are available as either hard-wired or plug type stations.