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Wednesday, 02 February 2022 10:06

Emporia Energy, BREK Electronics to Develop First Home Bi-Directional EV Charger

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Emporia Energy and BREK Electronics announced a new partnership to develop a bi-directional electric vehicle charger that will not only transfer power from the grid and home to the vehicle, but also from the vehicle back to the home and grid.

This product will be the first of its kind available in North America and is predicted to hit the market in 2023 at less than $1,500.

 

The collaboration brings together the specialties of both companies, with BREK developing the power electronics core and hardware and Emporia developing the connector strategy and smart home integration system. BREK and Emporia share an overarching mission of providing accessible and affordable products.

 

Emporia, led by founder and CEO Shawn McLaughlin, already offers a line of energy management technology products that can be combined to create the Emporia Smart Home Energy Management System. These products include level 2 EV chargers, customizable whole-home batteries with capacity from 8.2kWh to 49.2 kWh, smart plugs and real-time energy monitors that allow users to assess and control their total home energy usage in real-time via the Emporia app.

 

The partnership’s bi-directional EV Charger will be the newest addition to this system and give customers new options for power management. Consumers will now be able to power their home through their EV, insulating them from costly utility bills and protecting them from power outages.

 

BREK is reimagining silicon-carbide based power electronics technologies. BREK’s silicon-carbide based platform has a variety of applications, including solar string inverters that can provide significantly higher power at lower cost with longer life, in a more compact design than existing commercial string inverters. BREK’s and Emporia’s collaboration will...


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