Span unveils EV charger and meter within smart home product suite
Electrical panel reinventor Span has now entered the electric vehicle charger market with the release of the Level-2 Span Drive charger, which was announced alongside a new drop-in meter replacement, the Span Meter Panel. Both products will use the company’s PowerAssist platform to sync and manage utility demand response requests.
“Since day one, our mission has been to help consumers decarbonize their lives and usher in a future where every home and vehicle is electrified. By adding Span Drive and Span Meter Panel to our product suite, we are making it easier than ever for homeowners to transition to sustainable home transportation and energy solutions such as solar and battery storage,” said Span founder and CEO Arch rao.
Span Drive works with any EV and can be installed in any home with a Span panel, enabling real-time coordination with all of the home’s energy loads. Span’s app allows users to choose which energy source they want to use to charge their EV, seamlessly switching between grid and solar power. Span Drive also supports “Level 2.X” charging speeds of 48 amps without expensive home electrical upgrades, regardless of the home’s electrical connection.
Other Span Drive features include:
- Automatic charge management to slow down other low-priority circuits in real time for fast EV charging
- Charging planning based on usage rate and desired range
- Dynamic charging speed during outage when connected to a home battery
- Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, 4G/LTE communication through the Span Panel
About one in three homes in the U.S. are built with outdated combination meter panels, which create additional barriers for consumers looking to install rooftop solar or backup batteries. With the new Span Meter Panel, homeowners now have a uniquely elegant solution to completely replace this outdated technology and achieve circuit-level energy visibility and control. Typically, installing a battery backup with a meter combo panel requires additional cost and labor, and several additional gray electrical boxes on the wall. By completely replacing the old meter panel, Span Meter Panel streamlines installation while providing controls and intelligence that increase a home’s energy capabilities and improve the performance of any solar and storage solution.
All Span products leverage the company’s PowerAssist platform, which enables a distributed and low-carbon power grid without consumers having to upgrade every single device to be “smart”. Because Span learns the use of all home appliances and knows the preferences of homeowners, it can seamlessly manage demand response requests from utilities. This reduces the strain on the power grid and minimizes the use of peaker installations – a crucial contributor to greenhouse gas emissions – without impacting the comfort or convenience of home residents. PowerAssist is currently being tested by utilities in the United States.
The new relationship between Span and national solar installer Sunrun was also announced today. Sunrun will start offering Span smart electrical panel to customers. Product prices depend on the market and installation requirements.
“Widespread home electrification is vital to achieving our decarbonisation goals, but the required main panel upgrades are often a major hurdle for customers looking to move from fossil fuels to clean energy alternatives in their homes,” says Mary Powell, CEO of Sunrun. “This program will accelerate the adoption of solar and home batteries, electric vehicles, heat pumps and much more.”
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