Fronius to Soon Unveil its New Electric Car Chargers

Fronius, the Austrian expert in energy solutions, is planning to launch the ‘Fronius Wattpilot’ charging solutions for electric cars in May this year.

April 28, 2021. By Manu Tayal

Fronius, the Austrian expert in energy solutions, is planning to launch the ‘Fronius Wattpilot’ charging solutions for electric cars in May this year.

The Wattpilot is aimed at all electric car drivers, regardless of whether they have their own photovoltaic (PV) system or not. It is particularly easy to install and is one of the few products on the market which can switch between single-phase and three-phase surplus charging, allowing customers to get the most out of their PV system.

Explaining about the new chargers, Martin Hackl, Global Director of the Business Unit Solar Energy, Fronius International GmbH, said “the Fronius Wattpilot is an intelligent charging solution which allows electric car drivers to enjoy maximum independence and to always charge their car at the lowest possible cost.”

“Our aim was to develop an installer-friendly and customer-friendly e-mobility solution and that is what we’ve done – the Fronius Wattpilot is easy to install, commission and use,” he adds.

Even if an electric car driver doesn’t yet have a PV system, it is advisable to start thinking about the right charging solution now, since not all devices can be operated intelligently in combination with a PV system. “The Fronius Wattpilot already enables customers to fill up their electric car with self-generated PV current,” noted Hackl.

1). User-friendly operation via app: The Solar.wattpilot app makes it easy to commission and operate the charging solution. The app runs on iOS and Android and is the only user interface needed to operate all functions clearly and easily.

2). Cheapest reliable charging: One can charge an electric vehicle (EV) very cheaply on a variable electricity tariff. These are based on the current electricity exchange prices and are passed directly to customers with very little surcharge. Users simply define the maximum electricity price for charging their electric car using the Solar.wattpilot app. As well as the variable electricity tariff, there are two other measures you can take to fill up your car as cheaply as possible: use the Next Trip Mode charging mode and the option of only using surplus PV for charging. This function is available in Germany and Austria from May 2021, while availability in other countries to follow.

3). Charging EV with as much solar energy as possible: If there’s a lot of solar energy available, more charging takes place, when there is little solar energy available, less charging takes place. The Fronius Wattpilot is excellent at utilising the surplus PV and controls in 1-ampere increments up to the maximum charging power.

4). Intelligent charging modes for every situation: The Wattpilot also has two different charging modes: Eco and Next Trip Mode. Depending on the situation, the EV is either charged highly economically or up to a specified charge level for the next planned trip.

The Fronius Wattpilot comes in two versions: a permanently mounted Wattpilot Home for home and the mobile Wattpilot Go for on the move.

From May 2021, the Fronius Wattpilot is available in the following countries - Belgium, Bulgaria, Denmark, Germany, Estonia, Finland, France, Greece, Italy, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Austria, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Sweden, Switzerland, Slovakia, Spain, Czech Republic, UK, Hungary.

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