German car maker Audi has introduced a new charging station for its electric cars. It was co-developed with home energy management systems providers SMA Solar Technology and the Hager Group.
The charging station leverages the home infrastructure and makes use of the sustainable solar power. It connects with home Wi-Fi and home energy management system (HEMS) to enable intelligent charging features.
The systems may be programmed to charge the car when electricity prices go down while making sure the car is full charged when users need to use it.
It will charge with the maximum available capacity which the home electrical system allows even where there is a blackout.
If a home is equipped with a solar power system, users can also optimize the charging process and opt for the electricity generated by the green power.
“The electric SUV does this by considering forecast phases of sunshine and the current flow of electricity at the home’s connection point to the public grid,” says Audi in a statement.
The car maker offers a portal as well as a mobile app, from which users can check their charging statistics, charging processes, the amount of electricity charged and the corresponding costs.
Audi introduced its first all-electric car, the Audi e-tron, earlier this year. The model will be available in select markets by the end of the year, and be rolled out globally over the next two years. The car-charging system is expected to launch as the e-tron enters the market.
“In keeping with our premium quality standards, we want an electric car that fits seamlessly into the intelligently connected home, to provide genuine added value for the customer,” says Fermin Soneira, the head of Product Marketing at Audi, in the statement.