Optimizing Energy Consumption With EVSE Charging Schedule
Charging schedules can save you money on EV charging.
FLO electric vehicle charging stations have become known for being high-quality, durable and packed with features not available on many other EVSEs. Savvy EV owners understand how having an EVSE with smart-charging features not only adds convenience, but can also save them money.
The FLO X5 Charging Schedule feature allows users to adjust the power delivery, based on their own schedules and needs. This allows the user to take advantage of any available Time-Of-Use plans their utility offers. In areas where electricity rates vary by time of day/month (Time of Use), this feature can help users save money on their electricity bill.
Having the ability to schedule charging sessions can add up to significant savings, as some TOU plans offer discounts up to 75% less than the regular peak power rates. The charging schedule is conveniently configurable in the FLO online portal, or it can be managed from the FLO Mobile Application. Users can contact their electricity provider to see if TOU rates are available in their area.
The Power of Power Sharing
The Charging Schedule is also convenient for reducing demand on the electrical panel when multiple devices are in use simultaneously. The feature allows X5 owners to limit or completely shut down their station’s output current during peak periods, and charge at full power during off-peak periods.
This feature is also convenient for owners who have two EVs and two FLO charging stations. That’s because it allows the use of both EVSEs on one circuit, saving the owner the expense of having to add another dedicated circuit for the second charging station. Even if you only have one EV today, having the power of FLO’s power sharing feature at your command can save you money in the future when there is a second EV in the driveway or garage!
The FLO X5 app also provides detailed data on your electricity usage, so you know exactly how much energy your EV uses, and exactly how much it costs to charge. There’s also automatic software updates so that new features are always added as they become available over time.
Durability that lasts
The FLO Home is designed and manufactured in Canada, so they really know how tough winters can be on outdoor equipment. That’s why the FLO Home has a heavy-duty 100% aluminum outer casing. Most charging stations have a plastic outer casing, which can become brittle and crack in extreme weather, unlike FLO Home. The casing is NEMA 4 rated, which protects against windblown or splashed dust & rain, snow, sleet & ice, corrosion and even a directly-sprayed hose.
Stiff, frozen cable? Not with FLO
All FLO EVSEs come standard with a 25’ Industrial-Grade Cable. The importance of this might be a feature that many EV owners shopping for an EVSE overlook. All cables are not created equal, and FLO uses the highest quality cables that resist freezing temperatures and remain pliable in temperatures well below zero degrees Fahrenheit. Ever try plugging in your EV when the cable is frozen stiff? It’s not easy! With FLO, that will never be a concern.
- Comes with a high-quality universal J1772 connector, designed to withstand 10,000+ charging cycles.
- Cable is certified for temperatures ranging from -40 °F to 125 °F and stays flexible in all conditions.
- The cable’s length is optimized to provide easy access to the vehicle’s charging port, no matter where the station is installed.
Sleek And Practical Design
FLO Home is designed with a built-in connector holster and cable management. That allows quick and easy storage after each use and prevents the cable from laying on the ground. It’s also very important to have the connector properly holstered when not in use. This protects the connector’s contacts from contaminants like dust, dirt and water.
Network-Connected via “HomePlug” Power-Line Communication (X5 model only)
Easy Installation, Indoor or Outdoor
FLO Home is easy to install inside or outside any home, and FLO produced a helpful installation video to help with that. The power supply can be fed from either the rear or the bottom of the unit. As an added value, FLO has teamed up with Qmerit to provide hassle-free installation. This partnership offers installation services by certified installers that specialize in EV charging stations. Customers can receive up to 3 competitive bids from professional electricians anywhere in the US.
All FLO EVSEs come with the industry-best, 5-year limited warranty and have integrated GFCI circuit breakers which protects your vehicle and your home against fluctuations in the power grid. They also meet all applicable UL requirements and are CSA certified for Canada and the US. The FLO Home G5 has the ability to adjust the output current from 6-amps to 30 amps. Included with every unit is a NEMA 6-50 plug if the owner prefers a pluggable unit over direct wiring. All FLO charging stations can be used for utility demand response programs and are made in Canada.
The FLO X5 and G5 can be purchased online at store.flo.com or on amazon.com. and have free express shipping anywhere in the US. The MSRP for the FLO Home X5 with Tungsten casing is $1,095. That unit is $995 with the Carbon casing, and the FLO Home G5 is available in Carbon casing for $795.
***FLO is an advertiser on InsideEVs, but we received no direct compensation for this article.