EO Charging has launched a device that allows non-smart electric vehicle chargers to automatically manage their charging load.
Aimed at businesses and households with two or more electric vehicles, the eoALM module monitors the energy profile of a building and can prioritise charging of EVs, turn down the power going to EV chargers or turn them off if the site is nearing its power usage limit.
The company says that when combined with an eoMini of eoBasic charger, the unit is the most cost-effective management solution for a business or household looking to power a small electric or plug-in hybrid fleet.
Richard Earl, CTO at EO Charging, said: “Most buildings don’t have sufficient power to fast charge multiple EVs simultaneously.
“The only solutions currently available are to invest in either an expensive upgrade to a site’s power supply or smart-charging infrastructure – a cost prohibitive option for most domestic EV drivers and small business owners.
“Not only does the eoALM unit save on upfront capital investment but it can also prevent home-owners from drawing further power during spikes in energy usage, which is often at the most expensive time of the day.”
Charlie Jardine, founder and CEO at EO Charging, added: “We know that not every EV driver or business owner is in a position to invest in smart-charging technology."
EoALM can connect up to six eoMini or six eoBasic chargers and has two modes of operation:
- Priority charging (first come, first served)
- Distribution mode (available current is evenly distributed to all connected vehicles.