The choices for how to charge electric vehicles at home widen this month with AeroVironment’s announcement that it has begun shipping a new version of the Smart Charging Dock. The updated residential model, EVSE RS+, has several features that make it adaptable, user friendly, and singles that the company is looking to the future of consumer energy consumption.
AeroVironment has a history of creating unique, high-end technology, but is currently setting it sights on three markets: unmanned, hand-launched aircraft used by the Department of Defense, heavy testing and cycling systems [pdf], and electric vehicle charging stations like the Smart Charging Dock. The broad number of applications the company is working on may have helped their team incorporate some connection features that will allow users to program the charging station down to some helpful specifics.
The Smart Charging Dock is connected to the electric grid of the area where it is installed. The station is available for in or outdoor use, making it possible to potentially share the energy refueling unit with neighborhoods who also drive electric or hybrid cars. The system can connect to vehicles using WiFi, and this interlinking between the station and car will monitor grid output levels in order to charge during low-level use for better optimization. The user can also set charging times, if leaving the car for an extended period.
One of the most interesting aspects of the data connection is that AeroVironment will be collecting the data from each energy distribution until to form an aggregate view of different areas usage rates, times, and more. It’s unlikely consumers will be wary of providing such inpersonal information, and in the end, the data can be used to provide a better experience for the buyer. This advancement is a remarkable shift in the way future customers will purchase fuel for transportation, perhaps leaving behind public stores for private accessibility.