An electric vehicle (EV) charging station is a good investment for your home or business. Whether you’re an EV driver looking for a way to deal with range anxiety and not having to worry about finding a public charging station or a business owner looking to attract more clients, adding an electric vehicle charging station to your home or business is the perfect solution. The decision to electrify your business or home is the easy part, finding the right EV charging solution tailored specifically to your needs can be the hard part.
One of the most dependable EV charging companies is SemaConnect. SemaConnect is an established EV charging company that has been around since 2008. SemaConnect was recently acquired by Blink Charging Company, a major player in the EV charging market and a leading provider of EV charging. In the article, we’ll explore the different SemaConnect charging stations so you can decide if their EV chargers are a good fit for your home or business.
SemaConnect Home Charging
SemaConnect offers just one home charging option that is an excellent choice for an EV driver looking for a reliable and efficient EV charging station. Their Series 4 charger comes with flexible amperage settings from 16A to 50A. While you can stick to the lower amperages, having the option to charge at 50 amps helps you future-proof. In the future, electric cars will be able to accept and work with higher amperages for charging.
The Series 4 comes in a sleek design, a rounded rectangle with a 25-foot cable and built-in cable hook. It also comes with a wall mount so you can easily attach it wherever you need it. The Series 4 charger has a LED screen that adjusts so it can be readable despite how bright it is and you can view your real-time charging status on the screen.
You’ll be able to charge 9 X faster with the SemaConnect Series 4 level 2 charging station than with the Level 1 charger that came with your electric car purchase. The Series 4 is a smart charger that is WiFi enabled. You’ll be able to schedule a charging session for when electricity is cheapest, power share, and lock the electric vehicle charging station on your smartphone through the SemaConnect mobile app.
It comes in two versions, a NEMA 14-50 plug or hardwired. It has a universal J1772 plug and can charge all EVs available on the U.S. market, including Teslas (with an adaptor).
SemaConnect for Business
If you’ve decided to electrify your business – whether you’re in the hospitality, commercial, multifamily, office, or retail space – congratulations! The sustainability and economic benefits of EV charging are undeniable. Selecting the right EV charging manufacturer for your company can be difficult since the EV industry offers a wide variety of commercial EV charging solutions with many different types of features. SemaConnect offers a wide variety of commercial charging solutions for businesses, multifamily properties, and fleets.
SemaConnect has five different commercial charging stations: Series 5, Series 6, Series 7, Series 8, and DCFC (Direct Current Fast Charging). All the chargers have a similar sleek black and silver pedestal design in a rounded rectangle look. Every single type of charger, except for the DCFC, come with a J1772 universal plug and can charge all battery-electric and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles.
The SemaConnect Series 5 was built specifically for multifamily properties. It is one of the best EV charging options for multifamily properties.
The Series 5 is a smart EV charging station designed for a single driver at a dedicated parking spot. It is compact and ideal for locations where just one charging station is needed. It is a single-port EV charging station. With the Series 5, you assign an EV charging station to a specific driver. It is the ideal way to offer an exclusive amenity to a tenant.
The Series 5 comes with bright interactive LED lights that clearly show the status of the charging station. It is built with a rugged outdoor aluminum enclosure, unlike most EV charging stations on the market that have plastic enclosures. It is built to operate in temperatures as low as -22° F and as high as 122° F.
It has a built-in 4G LTE signal and built-in electricity metering. Property managers also have flexible access control and pricing so you’ll always be in control of how much you charge or if you want to charge and who has access to your SemaConnect charging stations. There are three monthly payment plans available: a monthly flat fee, a monthly fee + electricity, or a monthly fee + flow time.
The Series 6 is ideal for community parking and guest parking areas. It is another good option for multifamily properties but is also good for business and commercial use, like workplace charging, retail spaces, and hospitality locations.
The Series 6 has one charging port like the Series 5 and has similar features, but it is designed for shared use rather than single-use and its payment options are more robust. EV drivers can pay to charge through the SemaConnect app or website, a SemaConnect Pass, the automated phone system, or third-party apps like PlugShare, ChargHub, or EVgo.
Station owners have the option of creating hourly pricing or assigning drivers to specific user groups. With this option, you can keep charging free for tenants and charge visitors, or charge tenants a subsidized rate and visitors the full rate. You can also set up penalty charges to encourage good EV charging etiquette.
Your EV chargers and property will also show up on EV charging maps, which can increase your property’s visibility.
The SemaConnect Series 7 is a dual port charging station and is ideal for business, commercial, and fleet locations. With two ports, two EVs can be charged at the same time by the same EV charger. Just like all the SemaConnect chargers, the Series 7 is rugged, built to last outdoors, and has interactive and easy-to-see interactive LED lights.
The Series 7 also uses its built-in 4G LTE wireless technology to communicate with the cloud. You’ll be able to optimize vehicle and charging station management with the Series 7. Some of these features include advanced tracking so you can monitor charging intervals and vehicle charger utilization, being able to ensure vehicles are ready and charged when your drivers are ready to go, and the ability to separate your vehicles into groups with different charging policies and station accessibility. Through the use of tracking and monitoring, a station owner will be able to lower the total cost of ownership by reducing energy, maintenance, and operational costs.
The Series 8 SemaConnect charging station is ideal for shopping malls, hospitals, municipalities, and retail locations. It is a dual-port EV charger and can charge two EVs at the same time. It is designed for commercial applications where drivers are likely to pay with a credit card or digital wallet.
The Series 8 comes with all the standard features of a reliable SemaConnect charging station as listed above. They are rugged and built for a large range of temperatures. Unlike the Series 5 – 7 it does come with a high-resolution color LCD screen instead of a backlit LCD screen. The Series 8 is available in both 48A and 80A.
EV drivers can pay for charging via eight different methods:
- Credit card
- Apple Pay
- Google Pay
- SemaConnect App
- SemaConnect website
- SemaConnect Pass
- Automated phone system
- Third-party apps like PlugShare, ChargeHub, or EVgo
DC Fast Charging
SemaConnect has one of the most robust lists of options for commercial DC fast charging on the market. DC fast charging stations are ideal for commercial, fleet, and public applications. They are perfect for places located along major roadways or where people need a large amount of range added to their EVs quickly. Choosing a DC fast charging station also allows you to future-proof so you’re ready for the continued growth of EV adoption and the demand for EV infrastructure.
SemaConnect’s DC fast chargers come with multiple plug options including CHAdeMO and CCS plugs. The SemaConnect DC fast charging station is built with a powder-coated stainless steel enclosure, which makes it perfect for outdoor installations.
The smart DC fast chargers come with network features like load management, smart payments, and remote diagnostics. They come in a wide range of power levels from 30 kW to 360 kW. Drivers can also pay in five different ways.
You’ll be able to choose from a 30 kW wall mount, or 60, 90, 120, 150, and 180 kW pedestals, or a 360 kW fan cooling system charger. The 360 kW charger is, of course, much bulkier but more powerful than the other options.
How to Get a SemaConnect Charging Station
SemaConnect EV charging equipment is some of the best on the market today. They have a wide range of options for commercial properties. Their home charging option may not be as popular as some of their competitors, like Wallbox, ChargePoint, or Juicebox, but the available features and quality of the SemaConnect Series 4 make it an excellent choice for EV drivers. EV charger ownership is rewarding for both homeowners and business leaders.
So how do you get SemaConnect smart charging stations at your property? WattLogic can help you through our turnkey EV charging solutions. WattLogic can work with you to figure out which SemaConnect charging station is best for you, apply for any available rebates so you can save money on your installation, apply for all required permits for the electrical work, send a trusted electrical contractor to install a station at your home or business, and set-up the chargers for you.
WattLogic has also made finding an EV charging quote easier than ever. Fill out our digital residential or commercial survey. It will take you less than 10 minutes. There is no obligation and you receive your estimate in no time. This saves you time, money, and the headache of having to call around and schedule appointments with electricians.