TI helps make charging of Electric vehicles (EVs) more convenient and faster with the industry’s first Wi-Fi enabled EV charger reference design, which allows EV owners to remotely monitor and control the charging of their vehicles from just about anywhere from any smartphone, tablet, computer or smartTV using TI’s SimpleLink Wi-Fi technology. The design supports applications such as checking the availability of nearby public charge points, payment, authentication and home automation design innovation.
The new reference design uses TI’s SimpleLink Wi-Fi wireless microcontroller (MCU) technology that allows design engineers to create stations that intelligently charge at non-peak times or detect and communicate when a charging station is available.
The reference design is said to reduce the amount of time it takes to charge a vehicle. The design supports Level 1 charging, which is compatible with household outlets, as well as Level 2 EV charging, which helps vehicle owners tap into higher current (15A to 30A and higher) connections available in commercial office buildings. Level 2 chargers typically take up to eight hours to fully charge the vehicle if the owner wants to plug it in while at work.
TI also plans to introduce a Level 3 EV direct-current charger reference design scalable to 600V and 400A that cuts charging time down to only 20-30 minutes.