Electric vehicles are growing in popularity and companies are releasing creative solutions to make charging your EV much easier. This week, Electrify Canada launched Electrify Home, a new business unit to further support electric vehicle adoption by offering streamlined home charging solutions. The release of HomeStation is Electrify’s Home’s sleek Level 2 residential EV charger, making it more convenient than ever to own and drive an electric vehicle.
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HomeStation Level 2 Residential EV Charger
HomeStation will be available this fall for $1,099. With its adjustable charging power levels of up to 40 amps, HomeStation can deliver charging speeds of up to 9.6kW , 6.8 times faster than on a Level 1 charger.
This means capable vehicles can add up to 53km of range per hour. The flexibility of professional and do-it-yourself installation options, programmable WiFi features and a seamless integration on the new Electrify Canada mobile app, set to launch soon, will make HomeStation a fast and beneficial tool for home charging.
The WiFi-enabled residential charger will let owners sync their product with the fully redesigned Electrify Canada mobile app, offering a one stop solution for all charging needs. The new app will allow users to conduct and schedule charging sessions remotely, view charging status, keep track of charging history and interact seamlessly between Electrify Canada’s network of ultra-fast public charging stations and their HomeStation unit.
“Home charging accounts for about 80 percent of EV charging, so it’s imperative that people have a charging system that integrates into their daily lives.”Nina Huesgen, Senior Manager, Home and eCommerce at Electrify Canada.
Saving You Money
The versatility of HomeStation provides for choice of installation. The product can be installed with or without the help of a licensed and qualified electrician, depending on the installation configuration. During installation, and with input from a licensed and qualified electrician, the amperage can be configured to deliver either 40, 32 or 16 amps to help avoid expensive upgrades to the home’s electrical panel. The ability to schedule charging through the Electrify Canada app will allow users to take advantage of lower energy rates during off-peak hours, where available. Also, HomeStation units may also qualify for different home charger incentives, including rebates and grants at the provincial and municipal level, depending on the driver’s location.
The supply power requirements are compatible with most electric dryer power circuits. HomeStation can be plugged in using a NEMA 14-50 plug or hardwired by a licensed and qualified electrician.
Easy To Use
The Level 2 charger can be installed indoors or outside, and includes a 24-foot charging cable to allow users to easily reach their EV for charging.
HomeStation was styled by world renowned design and engineering firm Italdesign and features a slim black silhouette that lights up blue while actively charging, and green to indicate readiness of use.
Customers choosing to have a professional electrician install their new Level 2 charger can easily be connected with Qmerit, an EV installation service. Customers can complete a short survey to determine the scope of their installation and receive a quote that fits their installation needs. Installations begin at CA$1,275.
To help limit installation costs and possibly prevent panel upgrades, the charger’s maximum output can be configured during installation for 40 amps, 32 amps, or 16 amps. Desired output can be designated via the mobile app and with the input of a licensed and qualified electrician.
HomeStation includes a 3-year limited warranty on parts and 24-hour customer service via a dedicated Level 2 charging telephone number.
HomeStation will be available for purchase at upcoming Electrify Home website, www.electrifyhome.ca.
Electrify Canada Mobile App
- An effortless search experience – putting the search bar in thumb range, for easy and comfortable one-hand use
- Map pins with new labels to provide additional information on each charging station and charger and their availability
- More prominent charger availability within map navigation
- In-session charging overviews visible with a quick glance
- In-app visual cues for charge session payment methods
- Transparent and inclusive account charging and transaction history
- Consolidated setting options
- New intuitive iconography and biometric authentication
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