EV Chargers can use a ton of power to charge your electric vehicle at home. Given that each electrical service (panel) will have restrictions as to how much power it can supply at any given time, many customers may find themselves in a tricky spot requiring them to either reduce their available charge rate or adding a significant (and costly) electrical service upgrade in order to use an EV Charger at home.
No worries though! The Emporia Energy Load Management System allows you to install an Energy Management System (such as the Vue Gen 2 Energy Monitor) to track the usage of your available electrical service, and then provide automated controls for the EV Chargers' charge rate to keep your power supply under the specified thresholds. An effective and 100% safe way to provide the convenience and safety of at-home charging without the expensive service upgrade that would've been required.
The US National Electric Code (NFPA 70, 625.42(B) and 750.30) provides the requirements involved to have a system like this to work, and the Emporia Gen 2 Energy Monitor and Level 2 AC EV Charger both qualify for this functionality.
Imagine this: You have 150A service provided to you from the utility provider (with a matching 150A main breaker in the panel). The sum total of your consumption in the household can reach 120A, thus only allowing up to 30A of charging for your EV Charger at any given time in the existing electrical panel. Since your vehicle can charge up to 48A, you'd be losing that extra 18A of charge rate (and charging slower than what would be available) if wanting to "fit" the EV Charger capacity in the existing panel. With Load Management, you can setup a Gen 2 to track your mains and watch your total system usage. With that enabled, you can set your max charge rate to 48A on the EV Charger, and that charge rate will be available anytime your household usage from the rest of the system is < 100A or so. If your household consumption starts increasing (and thus would bring you over the 150A service rating) - then we'll turn the EV Chargers' charge rate down as needed to prevent your service capacity from overloading your system. Once you have more capacity available (as detected by the Vue Gen 2 Energy Monitor), then we'll be able to increase the charge rate again as high as possible given the limitations available in the system.
This functionality provides you the safety required to ensure your electrical service is within appropriate limits all while granting you the automated control to enable the most effective Level 2 EV charging experience possible.
Load Management controls ONLY the Emporia EV Charger circuit, does NOT control any other circuit.
It does NOT do load shed and does NOT allow 2 chargers to share the same circuit.
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