Sun. Dec 5th, 2021

According to the International Energy Agency, around 1.8 million vehicles were registered in the USA in 2020, nearly three times as many as in 2016. By 2030, the number of EVs on USA roads is anticipated to reach more than 18.7 million, reaching more than 20% of annual vehicle sales, as per the Edison Electric Institute report (EEI). The Biden administration has rolled out USD174 billion to accelerate the development and adoption of electric vehicles in the country by granting tax incentives for EV buyers, strengthening the domestic supply chain, retooling factories, etc. With the rapid evolution of electric transportation, USA President Joe Biden has pushed an infrastructure bill worth USD2 trillion to prioritize a national EV charging network. Although the government is making efforts to expand EV charging infrastructure in the country for mainstream adoption, automakers are not really interested in building, operating, or owning their charging networks.

According to the Department of Energy, there are about 41,400 EV charging stations in the USA, out of which only 5,000 are fast chargers. Many charging suppliers and operators have largely focused on building EV charging stations in the urban and suburban areas, leaving many areas with underdeveloped EV infrastructure. Therefore, many EV vehicle users are considering residential electric vehicle charging stations (also known as electric vehicle supply equipment) that are faster than home chargers and provide the flexibility to charge EVs anytime. There isn’t a one-size-fits-all solution when it comes to residential EV charging stations since every consumer has different charging needs and electric vehicles. 

Here are the top choices for residential EV charging stations. 

ChargePoint Home Flex

One of the most popular Level 2 (also known as Type 1) electric vehicle charger in the USA, ChargePoint Home Flex has a maximum power output of up to 50-amps, which provides EV with more than 35 miles of travel per hour of charging. The 240-volt electric vehicle charging station provides “flexible” power output, allowing owners to match the delivery to the circuit the unit is connected to. The 23-foot cable that comes with ChargePoint Home Flex enables easy movement of the charging port at either side of the electric vehicle. The integrated connector holster swivels up when you remove the connector, allowing easy holstering when finished with charging. Additionally, the backlit helps charge the EV in dark garages or poorly lit outdoor installations.

With the capacity to charge EVs 9X faster than a normal wall outlet, ChargePoint Home Flex charging station works for all leading EV models in the market such as Kia Niro, Nissan LEAF, Tesla models, Toyota Prius Prime, Jaguar I-PACE, and many more. The true Home design of the electric vehicle charging station with an integrated cable management system makes charging convenient. The quality materials of the charging station enhance its durability and makes it perfect for daily use.

Connecting the EV charging station to the home’s Wi-Fi network provides owners with many valuable features such as reminders, scheduled charging, tracking EV charging energy use, Alexa compatibility, etc. However, there are no buttons on the interface itself and all controls can be handled through the app only. Besides, the charging station is not capable of power-sharing, so one must buy a second unit, and then run a second circuit to charge two electric cars. 

Blink HQ 100

The Blink Home Level 2 Electric Vehicle Charger, also known as Blink HQ 100 is an easy-to-use, cost-effective, versatile electric vehicle charging station designed for residential purposes. The sleek, stylish, and simple design of the EV charging station is an indicator of the excellent quality and functionality of the product. Blink HQ 100 delivers 30-amp charging from 240 volts, capable of charging 6X faster than standard EV chargers. The device features an 18-ft long EV charging cable, which provides the owner the flexibility to position the charging port and vehicle without worrying about the cable reach.   

Blink HQ 100 is compatible with most of the electric vehicles currently available in the market, such as Tesla, Nissan LEAF, Chevrolet Bolt, Toyota Prius, Ford Fusion, Tesla models, and many more. The device is relatively easier to install and even comes with a wall-mounting bracket. The connector composed of rubber offers a good grip to the user while charging the EV. The Blink HQ 100 does not come with any built-in smart features or Wi-Fi functions, which may prove to be disappointing for some EV owners. However, the charger offers a ‘charge delay function’ that allows users to set a charging time several hours in advance or opt for a long delay of 4,6, or even 8 hours.   

EvoCharge EVSE

The EvoCharge EVSE is a Level 3 wall-mounting charging station with a simple design with the capability to recharge the batteries of your e-cars. Ideal for plug-in hybrid vehicles, the charging station can charge electric vehicles approx. 8X the speed of Level 1 chargers. The charging station has a maximum output of 7.6kW, which enables the driver to cover 25-35 miles per hour of charging. The elegant and user-friendly design, EvoInnovate function, NEMA 6-50 plug, and universal mounting make the installation easy and convenient. Besides, one can choose the ideal settings and output based on their individual preferences.

The charging station is durable enough to withstand tough conditions without any breakage or damage since it is waterproof and sturdy. The charging cable is available in two lengths, 18 feet, and 25 feet, allowing one to install the charger at some distance or an uncomfortable place. The EvoCharge EVSE has been certified by ENERGY STAR and UL listed for its low power consumption capabilities. EvoCharge is compatible with Wi-Fi, providing a maximum output of 30 amps with a 240 Volt Unit. The device can be used indoors as well as outdoors with the use of the NEMA 650 plug. The charger has been engineered for superfast charging in a short time and supports multiple circuit ratings.

Siemens US2 aka VC30GRYU

The powerful 240V Level Siemens US2 electric vehicle charging station by Siemens has a capacity to deliver up to 30 amps of electricity, four times faster than their Level 1 models. The heavy-duty charger provides electricity to the battery for 22 miles every 60 minutes. The charger comes with a NEMA 6-50 plugand does not require the Level 2 charger to be hardwired like its predecessors. The portable charger is flexible and can be taken on long trips. The delay time feature allows users the flexibility to set the delay to two, four, six, or even eight hours once the selected time has passed. Besides, the feature prevents charging the battery for several continuous hours during peak times.

The charging station comes with a 20-foot power cord that prevents consumers from bumping the cord into the side of the EV. The quick charging capabilities and user-friendliness makes the charging station an excellent and reliable choice for fuelling your EV. Compatible with almost every electric vehicle that runs on the road, Siemens US2 is ideal for regular charging. The charger can be positioned on an outside wall or fitted inside the garage, but the consumer must make sure to not operate the charger outside during extreme temperature or weather conditions. 

Bosch EV600 Series

Capable of charging electric vehicles up to 7 times faster than a standard 110V outlet, the Bosch Level 2 EV charger is one of the most powerful EV charging stations available in the market today. Available in 7.2 kW or 9.6kW power charging capacities, the Bosch EV600 series delivers a maximum output of 40 amps, which can be beneficial for cars with high battery capacities. The charger is compatible with most electric vehicles such as BMW Active E, Tesla Roadster, Chevy Spark, Ford C-Max/Fusion, Toyota Prius, Nissan Leaf, and many more. The easy-to-use, durable, and reliable EV charger has a special feature of automatic charge monitoring that ensures full charge of the device in the shortest time and switches off the charger when not in use.

The charging station comes with an 18 ft or 25 ft cable and NEMA 6-50 plug so that the device can be installed hardwired or as a plug-in. The multi-function LEDs indicate charging, power status, and thermal sensor that protects the charger from the possibility of overheating. The durable charging station is easy to operate and can be used both indoors as well as outdoors. The charging cord is a bit on the expensive side. However, Bosch provides a three-year limited warranty. The consumer has the flexibility to purchase a replacement charging cord and coupler for the charger. 

According to TechSci research report, “Global Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure Market By Vehicle Type (Two Wheeler, Four Wheeler and Commercial Vehicle), By Type (AC and DC), By Charging Mode (Plug-in and Wireless), By Installed Location (Residential and Commercial), By Connector Type (UK 3-Pin, Industrial Commando, Type 1, Type 2, CHAdeMO, CCS, Tesla’s Proprietary Supercharger Connectors), By Type of Charging (Slow and Fast), By Region, Competition, Forecast & Opportunities, 2026”, the global electric vehicle charging infrastructure market is anticipated to grow at a formidable CAGR during the forecast period. The growth can be attributed to the increasing demand for electric vehicles and rising number of government initiatives for boosting the electric vehicle charging infrastructure across the globe.

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