California — Sunrun announced the launch of its new Level 2 electric vehicle (EV) charger.
The company says the new product complements its home energy management solutions suite and supports the growing demand for electric vehicles nationwide.
EV sales in the United States more than doubled in 2021, accounting for 5% of all new car sales.
Sunrun says this trend creates a significant opportunity to help EV owners charge their vehicles quickly and safely while also providing solutions to manage increasing home energy consumption. Adding an EV can increase a home’s electricity usage by 50% or more per year, depending on driving and charging behaviour.
With 80% of EV charging done at home, and utility prices jumping nearly 14% across the nation, Sunrun customers will be able to charge their EVs with clean, solar power while also reaping the benefits of cheaper, more predictable energy rates.
“Home solar and electric vehicle charging go hand in hand,” said Mary Powell, Chief Executive Officer of Sunrun. “There is a strong correlation between EV ownership and solar adoption. People want to charge their vehicles with a clean, reliable energy source that’s cheaper than what they’re used to paying. As we work with customers to understand their energy needs, our new EV charger, coupled with our ability to potentially upsize home solar systems to meet those needs, position us nicely to help them future-proof their homes and provide peace of mind.”
The new 40-amp Level 2 EV charger can charge an EV overnight and is compatible with all EV models. The charger also offers smart features, allowing customers to configure charger settings and control charging.
Available this September in select California, New Jersey, and Vermont markets, the charger will be rolled out nationwide by year-end as an optional add-on with options for bundling together with a Sunrun home solar-plus battery system for significant savings.