AeroVironment completes first installation of Smart Charging Systems for EVs
The image is Courtesy AeroVironment, Inc. and reflects a four-port station. There is a two-port and single port unit as well.
According to the www.avinc.com News Release, the Smart Charging Dock (model EVSE-RS+) system is designed with an open architecture to ensure interoperability with the thousands of individual utilities nationwide.
The chargers wirelessly communicate with the grid so it charges electric and plug-in electric hybrid cars by turning drivers’ homes into convenient, smart refueling hubs.
“Our Smart Charging Dock is designed to flex with the needs of utilities and drivers,” said Mike Bissonette, senior vice president and general manager of Efficient Energy Systems at AeroVironment. “The open architecture ensures that utilities will be able to incorporate it easily into their own monitoring systems. It also communicates wirelessly with the grid and provides feedback that helps determine the optimum charging times to effectively manage demand on the grid.”
AeroVironment designed its Smart Charging Dock and supporting software to integrate easily with a utility’s IT network over various communication methods, including GPRS (cellular), Ethernet, WiFiÔ and ZigBeeÒ.