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Siemens & Sunrun Partnering To Promote Home Solar + EV Charging Systems

Siemens, manufacturer of the VersiCharge EV home charging system, and Sunrun, a leading solar PV system installer, are now partnering to help promote the products of the two companies, as per a recent agreement.

The new deal will be offering owners of the Siemens VersiCharge EV home charger a $500 Visa gift card if they install one of Sunrun’s home solar PV systems before the end of 2014.

Photovoltaic solar panels mounted on roof of 2415 Prospect Street in Berkeley, CA - Photo taken by Alfred Twu, released into Public Domain

Photovoltaic solar panels mounted on roof of 2415 Prospect Street in Berkeley, CA. Photo taken by Alfred Twu, released into the Public Domain.


 

This new deal marks the first such marketing partnership with a solar installer for Siemens’ VersiCharge line — which is, essentially, a Level 2 charger “with a 20-foot cable and delay feature that users can implement to charge during non-peak times.”

Siemens is currently aiming to replace this model with a “smart grid” version of the system that will allow utility companies to take advantage of demand-response charging.

“The smart grid charger will also have Wi-Fi portals that will connect the users via an app that can track their use, as well as allow them to program a time to charge their car,” stated Siemens spokesperson Jacob Curtiss. “It will be able to talk to utilities and the grid.”

“The correlation between EVs and solar is so strong that bringing the two of them together can have an effect at an even greater magnitude,” he continued. “Sunrun has done a very good job in the solar space and we like to align ourselves with the top integrator and solar installer out there.”

Makes sense. Here’s to hoping that similar initiatives gain traction in the coming years.

 
 
 
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James Ayre's background is predominantly in geopolitics and history, but he has an obsessive interest in pretty much everything. After an early life spent in the Imperial Free City of Dortmund, James followed the river Ruhr to Cofbuokheim, where he attended the University of Astnide. And where he also briefly considered entering the coal mining business. He currently writes for a living, on a broad variety of subjects, ranging from science, to politics, to military history, to renewable energy.

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