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PHOTO CAPTION: POD Point electric car home charger offer Mode 3 fast-charging.

POD Point Introduces Home Charging Unit

POD Point also has installed public chargers around London and Warwick, England.

Published: 25-Aug-2010

POD Point, the UK’s fastest growing provider of public networked electric vehicle infrastructure, are excited to reveal details of their POD Point Home charge unit to be launched next month which will allow EV drivers further control over charging their electric cars from the comfort of their own home.

POD Point Home is the UK’s first domestic fast-charge solution, charging EVs 2.5x quicker than with a normal home socket. The POD Point Home uses the very latest 32amp ‘Mode 3’ fast charge technology and is fully compatible with the existing, and next generation, of electric vehicles.

For drivers of the very latest EVs, the POD Point Home offers Mode 3 fast-charge with a captive cable and a J1772 gun or with a Mennekes socket. POD Point also has a ‘Mode 1’ option to supply electric vehicles that only support the standard domestic rate of charging so whatever EV you drive the POD Point Home has a charge option to suit.

POD Point Home can be fitted in either internal or external locations like driveways or behind front-garden walls, and the ergonomic design means the user need not worry about installing it in areas with reduced access such as snug city-centre garages. Along with its sleek design, it is very easy to use with a clear digital LCD display and colour-coded illumination zone at the base of the unit to easily identify the state of the charge.

POD Point already have extensive experience in providing electric vehicle charging infrastructure across the country with their public POD Points which are installed nationwide. Data from their public charging network shows EV drivers display a ‘grazing’ behaviour when charging; plugging in on public charging points between 8am and 5pm but rarely in the evening, confirming the majority of EV drivers find the easiest and most cost-effective way to get juice back in their batteries is by making the most of the cheaper overnight rates of electricity and charging at home. Through its Intelligent Charge Scheduling, the POD Point Home allows users to set charge cycles to only occur during these low-tariff periods leading to greater energy cost-savings without too much pre-planning.

The POD Point Home will be revealed at the Low Carbon Vehicle Show 2010 at Millbrook in September and will be on sale before the end of the year.

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