What Does A Smart EV Charger Do?

In the context of electric vehicles (EVs), smart charging refers to a system that optimizes the charging process for both the electric car and the electricity grid. It goes beyond simply plugging in your car and involves communication between the car, the charger, and potentially the utility company.

Data Sharing:  The electric vehicle, charging station, and utility company (in some cases) can communicate and share data. This data might include charging times, power levels, electricity prices, and grid demand.

Optimized Charging Schedule:  Based on the shared data, the system can determine the most efficient time to charge your car. This often involves charging during off-peak hours when electricity demand is lower and prices might be cheaper.

Demand Response:  In some programs, the utility company can send signals to smart chargers to adjust charging speeds or temporarily pause charging during peak hours to reduce strain on the grid.  Users typically receive compensation for participating in such demand response programs.

Dynamic Charging:  Smart chargers can also adjust charging speeds based on your individual needs. For instance, if you only need a quick top-up before a short trip, the charger can deliver a faster charge compared to when you need a full charge by morning.