There’s a bit of a sale going on over at Amazon, with 240-volt electric-vehicle home-charging units, from the likes of GE, Aerovironment (Nissan’s preferred partner), and Siemens, all showing $50 discounts—lowering the price of admission to $849 for what’s currently the least expensive model; and it qualifies for free Super Save Shipping, too. Which gives you an idea of what a big deal the Bosch Power Max is, since the new entry from the long-time automotive supplier is on sale now with a retail price point below $450.
“We believe that for the foreseeable future, most EV drivers will primarily charge at home,” said Tanvir Arfi, president, Bosch Automotive Service Solutions. “Because many of the incentives available to offset the costs of purchasing and installing residential Level 2 charging stations are expiring, we believe it’s critical to maintain the momentum towards Level 2 by offering high-quality, but lower-cost charging solutions to our customers. We are excited to offer the Power Max, as it accomplishes this objective: a superior product at nearly half the price of the current products on the market.”
As a reminder, Level 2 charging stations drastically cut the time it takes to juice up electrified vehicles; for example, the fully electric 2013 Fiat 500e takes some 22 hours to charge from a standard household outlet but just four hours with a Level 2 setup. The Ford C-Max Energi, a plug-in hybrid, requires approximately seven hours to fully charge with the former and about 2.5 with the latter.