The Energy Pedestal contains the main shutoff, utility meter and 10 circuit distribution panel all factory installed in one enclosure.
The interchangeable front panel allows for installation and servicing of AC and/or DC charging components. The assembly can be upfit with battery storage, solar inverters and/or backup generators.
Mounting Level 2 and/or Level 3 chargers directly to the Type 3r rated utility enclosure eliminates additional labor and materials.
Utilization of an integrated multi-tap three phase isolation transformer supports incoming and outgoing voltage at 208, 240, 480 and/or 600vac for optimization of mixed Level 1, 2 and 3 charging environments.
The interchangeable front panel allows for the mounting of a media panel, touchscreen parking and charging point of sale kiosk, credit card terminal and/or high-resolution dispensed energy testing.
The optimal voltage to power charging equipment is 480vac three phase for Level 3 and 240vac single phase for Level 2; however, these voltage levels are not inherent to the distribution grid together.
Energy is delivered to single family homes at 240vac whereas commercial and industrial environment transformers commonly support either 480/277 or 208/120. As a result, the majority of Level 2 chargers outside the home are installed with 208vac incoming current and it can be difficult to place 50kW+ chargers in retail centers and conventional fueling stations without new 480vac service.
208vac is suboptimal for Level 2 charging as it robs the on board charger (OBC) of 15% its potential efficiency. This means the 80-amp (19.2kW) acceptance rates of the new Ford Lightning, Chevy Silverado and Lucid Air are all reduced to 16.4kW; the 48-amp (11.5kW) acceptance rates of the new Ford Mustang Mach-E, Rivian R1T and Tesla Models S, 3lr, X and Ylr are all reduced to 10kW; and the Jaguar I-Pace will trickle charge a 90kWh battery on only 6.6kW.
Moreover, you may one day look down at your dashboard and see your 90kWh battery-equipped pickup or SUV gingerly sipping only 3kW at 208vac from the most commonly sold Level 2 charger with power share. You will find yourself back on the road in 24 hours.