VersiCharge™ Residential EV Charging Solutions
Product informationThe Siemens VersiCharge line of residential Electric Vehicle charging systems is the industry’s most flexible and versatile offering. These Level 2 (240 VAC) charging stations offer unparalleled usability, safety, energy management, and affordability. Read below for details on the offering and how these devices can improve your electric vehicle experience.
Comparison of Charge Time and Level 1 and Level 2 20 A Chargers
By upgrading to a VersiCharge unit, which is a Level 2 (240 V) Charging Station, you can cut your charge time by up to 70% versus the Level 1 (120 V) charger included with your car. Not only that but the Siemens VersiCharge is a 30 amp Level 2 unit which can charge up to 40% faster than 16 amp Level 2 units available from some competitors.
240 V Plug from behind (Plug is hidden)
The VersiCharge hardwired model is equipped with a 240V plug for easy plug in installation. The receptacle can be located below or behind the unit since the plug in cord routes either way in the back of the unit.
Help take out the guess work when checking a Siemens VersiCharge EVSE System for UL and NEC compliance. View Inspector Checklist
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We have seen many areas where government tax credits or utility rebates have become available for residential smart EV charging. These can help offset the purchase and installation of a Siemens VersiCharge SG. Government incentives also exist to help offset the purchase of the vehicle itself.
1. Federal Tax Credit
There is also a Federal tax credit for 2012 and 2013 to help offset up to 30% of the cost of a Level 2 charging station and installation. Talk to your tax professional to see if and how you can qualify.
Visit IRS website.
2. City and State Credits
One great resource is the Alternative Fuels Data Center. Here you can search based on your city and state what incentives exist.
Visit AFDC website.
3. Nissan Database
There is also a large database of incentives made searchable by Nissan USA.
Visit Nissan website.
Many electric utilities provide programs to help with covering the cost of your charging station or might even offer a lower electricity rate for your EV. A few utilities are included below but contact your local utility to find out what programs exist.
Extra mounting brackets
Extra mounting brackets to move the VersiCharge unit to additional locations. Each unit comes standard with one mounting bracket included.
Part # VCMNTGBRK
Automation Solutions Reduce Peak Demand when Charging
By using off the shelf automation components like the Siemens S7-1200 PLC line and PAC energy meters, you can have charging stations turn off and on based on total building energy usage.
Plug in vehicles require electricity to run motors as opposed to gasoline. The charging station is designed to safely and reliably provide this electric power to the vehicle much like a gasoline pump supplies gasoline. The charging station establishes communication with the vehicle, determines it is safe to allow power to flow through the cord, and removes power from the cord when charging is done. This ensures the charge cable is only energized when necessary and safe.
A 208-240 V (or Level 2) charging station can drastically reduce the charge time of your car versus the 120 V (or Level 1) charger included with your car. A Level 2 unit can cut charge time by up to 75%! The quicker charge time also means more range for your All Electric Vehicle when you stop at home briefly or less gasoline used on your Plug In Hybrid.
Siemens uses a best in class 5 mA sensitivity on the Charging Circuit Interrupting Device (CCID) to protect against ground faults as well as uses a ground monitor to check the integrity of the ground connection. In Ground Fault Circuit Interruptors (GFCI), National Electrical Code (NEC) states that devices intended for the protection of personnel should de-energize when a current to ground exceeds the 4-6 mA range.
VersiCharge also uses redundant internal barriers to shield a user from any components carrying electricity.
Each VersiCharge unit is shipped from the factory with the amperage adjustment switch in the Max (100%) position. The position is marked by a small black arrow and not the screwdriver slot. The amperage adjustment switch is only used to limit power draw from the vehicle but does NOT allow the charging station to be wired on a smaller circuit than recommended in the installation manual.