Siemens, the technology company focused on industry, infrastructure, transport, and healthcare, has joined forces with ConnectDER to launch a revolutionary new home EV charger connector. Within this new partnership, ConnectDER will exclusively manufacture and supply a proprietary plug-in EV charger adapter to Siemens, which will enable EV owners to charger their EVs by connecting chargers directly to the meter socket found in any home.
Traditionally, EV owners hoping to install a home charger might have had to spend thousands of dollars to modify their home’s electrical panel. This is where ConnectDER comes in, as the company installs junctions between the meter of a home and the meter socket to “create a single plug-and-play access point for distributed energy resources (DER) installation.”
ConnectDER’s new adapter will help EV owners bypass the traditional limitations of home electrical panels by providing more usable capacity for EV owners with home chargers by “monitoring total load and controlling the EV circuit to ensure the total capacity rating is within the limit.” Not only will this latest innovation decrease home EV charger installation by 60 per cent to 80 per cent, it will also significantly reduce installation and connection time.
According to a Siemens spokesperson, the cost of the new plug-in adapter has not yet been finalized, but it will be a fraction of the cost of a service panel upgrade or other modifications often needed to make for a charger. “Additionally, in some cases, the cost may be fully borne by utility programs,” he shared. The adapters are expected to be available by first quarter 2023 in the US and will be distributed through a variety of channels, such as EV charger installers, electricians, and utilities.