eMotorWerks Delivers 3,500th JuiceBox Charging Station

APR 28 2015 BY MARK KANE 10

eMotorWerks JuiceBox Charging Station

eMotorWerks JuiceBox Charging Station

eMotorWerks celebrates 3,500 JuiceBox Smart[Grid]  charging stations deliveries.

Sales are on a rising curve with volumes expected to double in 2015. Considering EV sales are not doubling this year in US, that would seem to indicate that eMotorWerks’ market share is growing as well.

“After a successful Kickstarter campaign for an open-source $99 electric vehicle (EV) charging station kit, eMotorWerks began volume shipments in October 2013, entering into the market at a time when competing products were retailing for $1,000 or more. eMotorWerks rapidly turned the industry upside down by producing reliable and affordable home charging solutions that delivered more power at a fraction of the cost.”

Currently, eMotorWerks offers a whole family of models.

Base JuiceBox Classic 30 7.2kWunit with 20-foot charging cable costs $449.

eMotorWerks founder Valery Miftakhov said:

“We saw the market potential for an advanced, reliable, and cost-effective charging solution that makes it possible for every EV owner to have their own level 2 charging station. With our JuiceBox product line, eMotorWerks is helping make EV ownership more affordable, spurring even more significant adoption.”

“Our JuiceBox stations are extremely popular among electric vehicle owners,” continued Miftakhov, validated by the positive reviews and praise written by customers who have ordered their JuiceBox online, and by the continual emails and calls the company receives noting JuiceBox’s flexibility, convenience, and the unfettered ability to charge at the full rate the auto manufacturer intended. “With faster charge times you get on the road more quickly and our connected solutions allow you to schedule charging at times of reduced electricity rates, saving you money.”

Now, the big topic for eMotorWerks is smart charging and providing utilities with tools for power demand management.

“With end-user permission, eMotorWerks can subtly shift when and how much electricity the vehicles draw from the grid, helping ease congestion on distribution grid circuits, absorbing excess solar and wind power, and providing sub-second response for adverse events on the nation’s electric grid.”

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10 Comments on "eMotorWerks Delivers 3,500th JuiceBox Charging Station"

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Boukman

Is their EVSE UL certified yet? If not, what are they waiting for?

Aatheus

UL listing is very expensive and takes a while. It’s likely underway.

EMotorWerks

eMotorWerks is in the final stages of the UL certification process, which was initiated last fall. Obviously, the UL mark would only cover our pre-assembled charging stations.

Mark Hovis

I bought one of the premiums while on kickstarter and donated it to a local non-profit. The small LED display is very useful for displaying lots of information including total kWh used. The non-profit is able to monitor the usage against donations thus allowing free access. It is located next to a 93 acre park and just off a major thruway. Zero problems to date.

eMotorWerks

Great to hear that, Mark! Glad we were able to help. Thank you for being our Kickstarter supporter.

KenZ

What I would like to see from the auto manufacturers is a 110/240VAC capable travel charge cord ala AeroVironment’s TurboCord. Way back when I was told that for some sort of UL approval reason one couldn’t make a 110/220/240 charger because by simple nature of the adapter plug it’d be some sort of code violation. I THINK what they meant was you couldn’t have a 110V US plug with an adapter to a 240 outlet for obvious reasons. With a custom proprietary plug you can then have a 110 or 240 dongle.

Anyway, while this would cost SLIGHTLY more (maybe $150 in volume), it boggles my mind why this isn’t the type of capability that ships standard with vehicles like the Leaf, Volt, 500e, etc. Might be a bit more ungainly, but the ability to arrive home with only needing to run the 240 outlet, not having to run the outlet AND buy a dedicated 240 charger, is golden.

If I were Nissan, I would so have someone working on such a beast as standard.

eMotorWerks

KenZ, thank you for sharing your thoughts. Meeting UL and NEC requirements is not always easily possible, and a mobile 240V charging cord would be an example of this. I believe that the reason you stated is correct. AeroVironment had to come up with a specific solution for TurboCord from what we recall hearing. Also worth noting is that Tesla’s Mobile Connector, which seems to meet your functional requirements, is not UL-listed or NRTL-certified. While that might come as a surprise to some, it could corroborate what you said above.

http://shop.teslamotors.com/products/model-s-mobile-connector-bundle

Tony Williams

Of course, the Tesla Mobile Connector (UMC) is a fantastic product, and only Tesla provides a full powered portable charger cord with their cars.

The Tesla UMC is the basis for the JESLA 40 amp (9.6kW) J1772 / Type 1 premium portable charging cable works at up to full power on every known J1772 equipped vehicle in the world.

While JESLA was designed specifically with the unique 40 amp Tesla onboard charger that is in a Mercedes B-Class ED, Toyota RAV4 EV, and of course Tesla cars, it also works equally fantastic with cars like the BMW i3, Fiat 500e, Chevy Volt, Kia Soul EV or Nissan LEAF.

It is ultra flexible, light weight (only 8 pounds total!), and portable, PLUS it adjusts from 100 to 250 volts and 12 to 40 amps, automatically. You don’t have to know anything about electricity and no installation required;

Just Plug-N-Charge(tm)!!!

http://shop.quickchargepower.com/JESLA-is-THE-40-amp-J1772-portable-charging-solution-JESLA.htm

DonC

EVSEupgrade will sell you a modified Panasonic charger. That’s the charger used on the Leaf and it’s bullet proof. The TurboCord is junk IMO.

Tony Williams

EVSEupgrade also retails the TurboCord (which I agree is a less than stellar design).