SolarEdge Launches First PV Inverter-Integrated EV Charger

At Intersolar North America in San Francisco this week, SolarEdge Technologies, Inc. is unveiling what it says is the world’s first inverter-integrated electric vehicle (EV) charger.

SolarEdge said that its Level 2 EV charger will supplement grid power with solar PV power to provide faster charging than a Level 1 charger.

According to the company, the combination of its HD-Wave inverter with an EV charger will offer cost savings on both hardware and labor by eliminating the need for an additional conduit, wiring and breaker installation. The solution also will eliminate the need for an additional dedicated circuit breaker.

“SolarEdge is dedicated to developing innovative solutions for increasing the use of renewable energy and cost savings for our customers and end users,” Guy Sella, CEO and Chairman of SolarEdge, said. “Adding EV charging to our growing-range of products further enables system owners to easily manage their energy needs.”

The key to the system is a “solar boost mode,” which SolarEdge says uses both grid and PV to charge at 9.6 kW (40 Amp), which is up to six times faster than Level 1 charging. If PV is not available, the inverter-integrated EV charger will use grid power to charge at 7.6kW (32 Amp) Level 2 charging. 

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