The first inverter-integrated electric vehicle (EV) charger has been unveiled by SolarEdge Technologies (Fremont, Calif.). The Level 2 EV charger offers charging up to six times faster than a standard Level 1 charger by supplementing grid power with photovoltaic (PV) power.
The HD-Wave inverter, once integrated with an EV charger, will also enable EV charging from a single inverter and dashboard. The combined solution will offer considerable cost savings on both hardware and labor by eliminating the need for an additional conduit, wiring and breaker installation. The need for an additional dedicated circuit breaker is also obviated, which saves space and a potential main distribution panel upgrade.
A solar boost mode utilizes both grid and PV to charge at 9.6kW (40 Amp) Level 2 charging, which is up to six times faster than standard Level 1 charging. If PV is not available, the inverter-integrated EV charger will use grid power to charge at 7.6kW (32 Amp) Level 2 charging, which is up to five times faster than standard Level 1 charging.