Electric vehicles still have a few obstacles that prevent them from going fully mainstream. These typically center on the price of the vehicle itself (though this is changing), and its range. One other barrier has also been the price of home-based chargers. Now, Bosch is offering a level 2 (quicker than the usually cheaper, and slower level 1) home charging system for just $450. For that price you get 16 amp charging and a 12 foot cord. There are two other options that increase the amperage to 30, with a choice of 18 or 25 foot cables -- costing $593 and $749 respectively. These don't include any additional networking features and so on, but for this price, and reduced reliance on external charging networks, it'd be worth clearing out the garage for.
First sub-$450 Electric Vehicle (EV) charging station
Industry breakthrough Power Max combines fast 240V charging with increased affordability
[Warren, MI]., - Bosch Automotive Service Solutions, a leading supplier of technology and services, introduces Power Max, the automotive industry's first Electric Vehicle (EV) charging station with a price point of less than $450. The Power Max will retail for roughly half the cost of current EV charging stations, offering 240V charging, and reducing charging time by half while helping customers reduce their need for fossil fuels.
Leveraging expertise gained in household appliances and automotive solutions, the Bosch Power Max is UL-certified in both the United States and Canada, and is designed to safely and efficiently charge electric vehicles. Bosch Automotive Service Solutions, formerly SPX Service Solutions, has provided more than 16,000 EV charging stations and performed more than 6,000 installations, including the SPX Power Xpress™, tested by a national laboratory as the most efficient charging station on the market.
Designed to work with all electric vehicles, Power Max features focus on driver and vehicle safety and convenience, including:
- No-touch operation, making charging as simple as plugging the vehicle in and walking away
- NEMA 3R enclosure for both indoor and outdoor applications
- Standard safety features including a cord breakaway system and non-live current wire
- Visible LED indicator, indicating charging state
- Hardwired on/off switch to completely shut off power to the unit and ensure no power is consumed
- Available in 16 Amp or 30 Amp configurations with cord length up to 25 feet
"We believe that for the foreseeable future most EV drivers will primarily charge at home," said Tanvir Arfi, President, Bosch Automotive Service Solutions. "Because many of the incentives available to offset the costs of purchasing and installing residential Level 2 charging stations are expiring, we believe it's critical to maintain the momentum towards Level 2 by offering high quality, but lower cost charging solutions to our customers. We are excited to offer the Power Max, as it accomplishes this objective: a superior product at nearly half the price of the current products on the market."
Bosch will begin taking advance orders today; customers can call 877.805.3873 to place an order.The Power Max will begin shipping in early June, with initial customers receiving their charging station in late June to early July.
Bosch also offers professional guidance for customers purchasing a Power Max or other EV charging station. Trained Vehicle Charging Advisors walk customers through a free on-site estimate, installation, inspection and ongoing support, including finding money-saving rebates offered by utility companies, government or vehicle manufacturers. Bosch installation services include a 3-year limited product warranty, all permitting and many times filing rebate paperwork.
More information on the Power Max and other Bosch Automotive Service Solutions EV charging stations and installation services can be found at www.pluginnow.com.
The Bosch Group is a leading global supplier of technology and services. In fiscal 2012, its roughly 306,000 associates generated sales of $67.5 billion. Since the beginning of 2013, its operations have been divided into four business sectors: Automotive Technology, Industrial Technology, Consumer Goods, and Energy and Building Technology. The Bosch Group comprises Robert Bosch GmbH and its roughly 360 subsidiaries and regional companies in some 50 countries. If its sales and service partners are included, then Bosch is represented in roughly 150 countries. This worldwide development, manufacturing, and sales network is the foundation for further growth. Bosch spent some $6.1 billion for research and development in 2012, and applied for nearly 4,800 patents worldwide. The Bosch Group's products and services are designed to fascinate, and to improve the quality of life by providing solutions which are both innovative and beneficial. In this way, the company offers technology worldwide that is "Invented for life." Further information is available at www.bosch.com and www.bosch-press.com.