ChargePoint To Offer Residential Chargers Starting Summer 2015

FEB 2 2015 BY ERIC LOVEDAY 15

ChargePoint has announced its entry into the residential charging station segment.

Starting in Summer 2015, you’ll be able to purchase a residential ChargePoint charging station designed solely for your home.

You’ll find some details on the ChargePoint home charger here (PDF) and here (w/video), but you won’t find any pricing details at this time.

You can, however, get on a waitlist now here.

The charger is described as “the smartest, smallest and most advanced home electric vehicle charger. ChargePoint Home is wifi enabled and works with the Nest Learning Thermostat™.”  That sounds expensive to us, but we’ll probably have to wait a few months to find out if we’re right.

ChargePoint Home Charger Info

ChargePoint Home Charger Info

 

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15 Comments on "ChargePoint To Offer Residential Chargers Starting Summer 2015"

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Lou

I drive a Volt and don’t use a 240 line to charge. The app for my smart phone seems to do some of what Charge Pont’s unit does, but I would think it does a lot more. Although I use only the trickle charger, I have been considering upgrading to a 240V set up and if I do, I will consider this one. At only 10 miles added per hour, the Volt might not seem dramatically improved by using 240V system, but if cheap enough, it might be worth it.

Lou

I also charge my Volt at 120V. There has only been a few times where I wish I had 240V where I got home low on miles and had more errands to run in a couple hours.

I’m toying w/the idea of the Turbocord. That way I could use it for 120V or 240V. Plus they are relatively cheap.

Yuba

What is going on at ChargePoint?
They always ignored residential charging and made public statements that there was no business case, etc.

Same for DC charging….1 year ago they told everybody it was nonsense, and now they are also into that.

Is there something special going on over there? Pressure from investors?

bro1999

Perhaps the commercial sector revenue is drying up, so CP is looking at the residential sector to make up for lost revenue. Or they’ve found that there is a business case to market residential products.

Interesting that it will be compatible with Nest Thermostats. Logging home charging under your CP account is also convenient. That is the one thing I really am missing out with my Clipper Creek LCS-25: no way to track kWh usage.

Yuba

You are probably right. I was always puzzeled why they focussed on public L2 charging.

It’s very simple if you own an (PH)EV:
-you need a good home charging solution
-you need a good solution for longer distances

For public charging only 1 thing matters: speed! You want to charge as fast as possible. So DC fast is the way to go.

Public L2 is just stuck in the middle, not fast enough to really be worth something, but still very expensive to install in a public place..

Bill Howland

In NY state businesses get a 50% tax credit to install a public station.

I’m not sure what else but supposedly there is even more money if it is made free forthe first 2 1/2 years.

L2 chargers for workplaces and parking ramps/lots makes sense. If your car is going to be there 8hrs, L2 is more than enough.

Bill Howland

I remember a week before the end of 2014 they made retroactive the 30% evse credit again for residences. Perhaps the manufacturers are getting ready if this also carries over to 2015.

If this is going to be some overpriced thing, I’d think the plastic ClipperCreek things would be a better value. Even my 30 amp Schneider (which are selling like hot cakes at Home Depot), is now lowered to $600.

But if 15 amps is good enough for you, then $395 for the CC thing is a good buy.

If this chargepoint thing is over $1000 then its priced like that Leviton stuff so forget it.

FFE

So I don’t get it, you can buy any competitive unit to charge at home, so why bother, unless your house now becomes a charge point access for the public that you can charge for. I don’t want anyone in my business more than I absolutely need so for charge point to know what’s going at my house is none of their business.
The only benefit I see is that you could more easily set up a charging station at home, that the public can access and pay for access to, via the charge point network.
I don’t think they mention that.
FFE

sven

No need to use the ChargePoint network to access and pay for charging. Some entrepreneurial individual can simply develop an AirBnB-style app for charging at someone’s home. Recently, some app developers launched AirPnP. It’s just like AirBnB, just for toilets! 😀

http://www.airpnp.co/

http://myfox8.com/2015/01/20/app-developers-launch-airpnp-just-like-airbnb-but-for-toilets/

Foo

That photo reminds me of the perfect hamburgers seen in fast food ads.

I doubt people will actually bother to hang up their charging cable so neatly every time.

Stephen

Maybe it’s dawned on them that the commercial market alone will bankrupt them

John

Unless they can sell it for $600 or less, I don’t see it competing well with what’s already out there and in use. Most cars already have connectivity with smartphone apps, so that feature is pretty redundant (and adds to cost).

Spider-Dan

I already have a ChargePoint CT500 L2 EVSE in my garage; I got it during a Bay Area Air Quality Management District rebate program 2 years ago.

As I recall, the charger itself was $900. It’s a smart EVSE that uploads my charging data to ChargePoint; I can check all my stats through the ChargePoint web site.

Maybe a great deal, based in numbers posted here.