EV charging companies have been showing off their wares at CES for years. But this year, the stakes – and the opportunities – are a little higher.
With dozens of electric passenger cars and commercial fleets expected to hit the market in just a few years, EVs are moving into the mainstream. That big market comes with a price: Mainstream consumers expect charge times that are similar to gas refueling times, are accustomed to good user experience design and may never have to pay for peak and off-peak energy grid hours. Don’t have to think about.
Charging companies and small startups who showed up at CES this year were aware of that change and pitched products that were faster, more connected, easier to use, easier to install, and built to work with the electrical grid. The takeaway: EV charging companies eager to reach this large customer base have tried to hit every use case, from commercial fleet charging to in-home charging, from vehicle-to-grid technology to monetizing ad space on chargers. products designed for.
With Global EV charger market expected to grow from $3.23 billion in 2020 to around $11 billion in 2025, the industry still has room for new entrants before it consolidates around a few giants, many of whom didn’t grace CES with demos or news. The smaller companies showing off the tech at CES stand out with unique solutions, lots of connectivity, and advanced charge speeds.
Blink comes into play this year with four new charging products, including a DC-fast wall-mounted charger and three Level 2 chargers – one designed for fleet and multiunit applications, the other for home applications and the last for advertising displays to integrate. All chargers come with 4G LTE and Wi-Fi connectivity as well as smart capabilities that allow for things like fleet management integration, load sharing technology, and energy usage management.
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Specifically designed for fleets, workplaces and multifunctional locations, this 50 amp charger comes with Plug & Charge functionality, which automatically identifies vehicles through a unique and encryption flow of information from the vehicle to the charging station. could. As its name suggests, this means that the drivers just need to be plugged in to initiate the charging session.
The MQ200, which will be available by the end of the first quarter of this year, comes with smart grid functionality for direct utility communication and local load management across two or more chargers, which can be achieved by setting up two to 20 chargers on a single circuit. allows for. Ideal for overnight fleet charging. It also communicates with Blink Network, the software that connects Blink chargers to the cloud, as well as Blink Fleet. Management Portal, which was also launched at CES. The portal gives fleet managers a dashboard to track charging and load management, chargers, vehicles and drivers.
Blink HQ 200, Next-Gen Home Charging
The HQ 200 is Blink’s updated residential charger, a Level 2 charger with 50 amps from the previous generation’s 30 amps. Extra power at home, as we’ll see with other EV charging companies, is a trend this year as companies race to find ways to shorten charge times.
While customers can choose to go for a basic charger without any bells and whistles, the smart, Wi-Fi-enabled version is really what attracted us. The HQ200 is one of Blink’s first chargers to come with vehicle-to-grid technology (V2G), which allows EVs to be charged during off-peak hours and the energy stored in the EV battery during peak hours Returns from the grid. high demand.
The HQ 200 also connects to the Blink mobile app to initiate charge immediately, schedule charging times, and set reminders. It will be available by the end of the first quarter of this year.
DC fast wall-mounted for two cars at once
The DC Fast Wall 50 kW can be wall-mounted or installed on a pedestal, and can charge two cars simultaneously, making it ideal for fleet, retail and streetside charging and high-traffic locations. It has an output of up to 150 amps and V2G technology, a 10-inch touchscreen display and the ability to charge on a time, kWh or per session basis. It also allows remote management and energy usage reports via the Blink network, and allows users with an RFID reader member card, RFID credit card or mobile app to initiate charges.
“The price point will make it attractive even to locations that might not otherwise feel they can afford DC fast,” a Blink spokesperson told Nerdshala. “DC Wall 50 kWh costs less than $20,000, while current equipment today typically starts at $35,000.”
Vision IQ 200 for Advertising
This Level 2 charger comes with one or two 30-inch LCD screens for dynamic digital media display, allowing for full-service advertising capabilities – Ideal for retail, hospitality, municipal and high-traffic locations. Property hosts will be offered revenue sharing opportunities for both charging and advertising income, the latter of which will be managed through a third-party seller.
The Vision IQ 200 is equipped with one or two 80-amp IQ 200 chargers, and features easy payments via RFID, Apple Pay, Google Wallet and all major credit cards, as well as other smart functionalities like remote management and real-time energy facility is available. usage report.
DC Fast Wall will be available later this year, Blink said.
The e-Lift arrived at CES to introduce its new customizable GS pop-up charging station, which the Dutch company expects to launch in North America soon. The small station comes with four plugs for simultaneous charging, and can be equipped with sensors that connect to the e-Lift’s Sustainable and Smart Energy Management System (SENSE).
The SENSE platform is a management system for the mobility and energy needs of the users. Customers can also log in remotely to monitor and manage their mobility and energy-consumption data, “resulting in a cost-effective energy transformation that is beneficial to governments and companies that are increasingly concerned with their use of renewable energy resources.” Want to reshape the future.” The company said in a statement,
Connecticut-based EV charging company Juicebar, which is actually playing the Made in America card, unveiled its first residential charger at CES — the Cheetah, the aptly named Quick, so the company says.
The company, which says it will offer a $1,000 credit for each old charger in exchange for one of its new chargers, will sell its Cheetahs sometime in 2022. Juicebar has hundreds of commercial chargers, both public and private, in the US and Canada. The same market that will see the new at-home charger.
The Cheetah will be available in 16, 32, 40 and 48-amp configurations and 120, 208 and 240 input voltages, which after seeing what Blink is putting out doesn’t make Juicebar the fastest Level 2 on the market, but it’s close. The Cheetah also comes with Bluetooth, Ethernet, Wi-Fi and cloud connectivity, which helps with smart grid charging. It has a 25-foot cord with an optional tangle-free cord retractor.
For peace of mind when charging at home, the Cheetah is also built with a dual protection relay, which allows the second relay to open and break the circuit when the first is turned off and the fuses shut off. According to Juicebar the charger’s power is backed by 100% certified carbon reduction projects that offset the charger’s carbon footprint. The company is buying carbon offsets for the first year. After that, buyers can continue to purchase carbon offsets on a subscription basis for less than $1 per week.
A spokesperson told Nerdshala that Cheetah will be available to consumers in the late second quarter or early third quarter. They will initially be sold through third parties such as auto dealers, house builders and utility companies in the US and Canada.
Wallbox introduced its Quasar 2 at CES this year, the latest generation of its bidirectional home charger. Not only does this allow EV owners to charge and discharge their EVs to power their home or the grid, but it also allows owners to isolate their home from the grid and use their EVs for backup power during blackouts. Allows to do, even if it is due to some divine calamity. Wallbox says its Quasar 2 can power a home for more than three days during a blackout.
The company says the vehicle-to-home (V2H) functionality should help EV owners save money on home energy costs, especially in states where electricity rates are related to demand. Users can schedule charging sessions to occur when rates are low, and those who have solar power installations can store excess energy in their EVs during shorter usage periods.
The Quasar 2 delivers 48 amps of power, comes with CCS compatibility for rapid-charging vehicles like the Jaguar I-Pace or BMW i3 and connects via Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Ethernet or 4G with the MyWallbox app.
Wallbox didn’t share how much the Quasar 2 would cost, but said it would be compared to the Quasar 1, which costs around $4,000. It is planned to launch by the end of the year.
Electric cars are not the only vehicles to hit the market. Micromobility vehicles need some love, too. That’s why Meredot unveiled its first commercial wireless charger designed for e-scooters, e-mopeds and other vehicles like food delivery robots and wheelchairs. The charger takes the shape of a physical pad that can be placed either above or below the ground, and it charges vehicles that are equipped with the receiver when they are parked on top of it.
Meredot is targeting micromobility OEMs and fleet operators for its wireless chargers. It’s ready to go to market and license its technology to companies that want to offer a new and potentially hassle-free way to charge vehicles. For micromobility fleets in particular, charging scooters and bikes, even if they have swappable batteries, is one of the major cost-suckers, so technology like this could potentially be a game changer.
“The Meredot Wireless Charger delivers a new, distributed architecture that allows for greater site capital efficiency and scalability, saving energy and cost,” said Roman Bisco, CEO and co-founder of Meredot. “The Meredot Wireless Charger could become the infrastructure for a new micromobility charging experience that benefits both operators and riders.”
The company claims that its technology can charge up to 50% more e-scooters on the same surface than traditional cable charging systems, leading to serious savings for charging sites.