San Francisco-headquartered Sunrun, the largest U.S. manufacturer of residential solar panels and batteries, has launched a new charger for home electric vehicles (EVs).

Sunrun’s new home charger for electric vehicles

Sunrun’s 40 Amp Level 2 EV Charger is compatible with all EV models. The charger also offers smart features that allow customers to customize charger settings and monitor charging.

The Sunrun charger will be available next month in select markets in California, New Jersey and Vermont, and will then be rolled out across the U.S. by the end of the year as an optional component. Sunrun customers will be able to bundle it together with a rooftop solar storage system.

Home charging of an electric vehicle can increase household electricity consumption by 50% or more per year, depending on how much time the owner of the electric vehicle spends driving and charging at home. with 80% of electric vehicle charging is done at homeand utility prices grows throughout the United Stateshomeowners who purchase rooftop solar panels will be able to charge their electric vehicles with solar power and reap the benefits of cheaper and more predictable electricity rates.

Mary Powell, Chief Executive Officer of Sunrun, said:

There is a strong correlation between electric car ownership and the use of solar panels. People want to charge their vehicles with a clean, reliable source of energy that is cheaper than what they are used to paying. As we work with customers to understand their energy needs, our new EV charger, combined with our ability to potentially retrofit home solar systems to meet those needs, makes us well-positioned to help them secure their homes in future and provide peace of mind.

Sunrun is Ford’s recommended installer and so is this the largest certified Tesla Powerwall installer.

Electrek’s Take

First, I am currently working with Sunrun on a rooftop solar and battery installation. I do not receive any discounts or offers. The EV charger announcement is so new that our rep didn’t even know about it when he came to see us last week.

You might be thinking, what’s the big deal in launching yet another Level 2 home charger? Well, that’s because it integrates solar panels, storage and electric vehicle charging, making it much easier for people to electrify their homes. Sunrun isn’t the only company doing this, but it’s a big one, and it’s on Ford’s shoulders. Combine that with today’s announcement that Ford is reopening orders for his Lightning F-150 on Thursday, and it creates convenience. And we all know how much we Americans love convenience. Also, Sunrun will presumably install an EV charger for you, so you don’t have to pay an electrician separately to hook it up to both your electrical panel and Wi-Fi.

Personally, I find it interesting that Sunrun decided to release this charger in Vermont first, since those of us who are Green Mountain Power customers here in Vermont are eligible for free level 2 home charger. So, while I applaud Sunrun for this distribution and will be asking my Sunrun rep about this possibility, I will go with the cheapest and smoothest option, and installation costs will also be factored in.

Photo: Sunrun

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