Audi Centre Centurion Introduces World’s First Photo voltaic Dwelling-Charging Resolution
Audi Centre Centurion, a part of the award-winning Autohaus Group, has launched a world-first home-based photo voltaic charging answer for Audi e-tron prospects.
Introduced at a consumer perform on the dealership in Gauteng on 22 August, the brand new answer makes use of good charging photo voltaic applied sciences from Germany’s SMA Photo voltaic Expertise with native set up help by their South African companions, ANH Applied sciences.
The charging answer contains varied applied sciences which are packaged collectively for good, seamless and versatile dwelling charging of Audi’s latest all-electric vary.
“Our new photo voltaic charging answer for e-tron prospects represents the end result of many months of planning and preparation to be sure that it’s completely suitable with our Audi e-tron vary and with the assorted use circumstances and working calls for of our e-tron prospects,” says Peter Preusse, Audi Centre Centurion’s Managing Director.
The launch of Audi Centre Centurion’s photo voltaic charging answer coincided with the dealership’s personal transformation to photo voltaic charging for its e-tron fleet.
The transformation began with a complete power audit by ANH Applied sciences, which comprised the set up of an SMA Information Supervisor, SMA Power Meter and a hyperlink to SMA’s proprietary Sunny Portal monitoring system.
Utilizing the data from this preliminary power audit, ANH Applied sciences and SMA designed a photo voltaic charging system for Audi Centre Centurion that has a 50kW peak load, an clever power administration system that caps peak load utilization and limits the ability drawn from the municipal grid and a wise e-tron charging station that may cost two automobiles concurrently with solar energy alone.
“We’re main by instance by not solely providing a photo voltaic home-charging answer to prospects of our e-tron vary, however we’re additionally adopting an identical photo voltaic charging answer at our world class services in Centurion.
“That signifies that prospects might simply cost their e-tron on solar energy alone, by supplementing their at-home charging with charging at our dealership when required,” says Preusse.
Says Jeurgen Reinert, SMA Photo voltaic Expertise CEO: “In Europe, proudly owning an electrical automobile just isn’t novel anymore and many individuals are switching to all-electric motoring. With our vary of good charging applied sciences and with forward-thinking companions corresponding to Audi Centre Centurion, it is just a matter of time earlier than it turns into extra commonplace in South Africa as properly.”
The SMA Photo voltaic Expertise’s electrical automobile (EV) charging station, which ANH has put in at Audi Centre Centurion, makes use of radio frequency ID playing cards (RFID) to permit for touchless authentication and administration of auto charging.
Furthermore, the system permits for 2 modes, a RED fast-charging mode for essentially the most fast battery cost doable, and a GREEN eco-charging mode that optimises battery well being and photo voltaic power over an extended charging interval.
In distinction to the photo voltaic charging system at Audi Centre Centurion, the distinctive at-home answer gives a peak energy supply of as much as 7.4 kW, which is near twice the height energy output of standard wall charging containers.
The system is linked to a phone-based app that provides real-time charging reviews and
completely different charging modes.
These modes enable e-tron homeowners to pick photo voltaic optimised charging, forecast-based charging (primarily based on the motive force’s schedule and time of day) and fast-charging, which permits for added energy supplementation by the usual electrical grid.
Included within the home-based charging answer is an SMA Sunny Tripower Sensible Power hybrid inverter, a 3-phase 22kW EV charger, a 10kWh residential battery for power storage and an SMA Dwelling Supervisor that enables for energy administration and monitoring by the SMA App. Set up is taken care of by ANH Applied sciences.
“The house-charging system has been designed to supply essentially the most environment friendly and fuss free charging setting. We’ve got additionally designed it to be fully future proof, which implies that you would be able to simply improve the system so as to add extra electrical automobiles and even your total dwelling to the photo voltaic charging answer,” says Andreas Wagner, CEO of ANH Applied sciences.
The whole vary of Audi e-tron fashions can be found for viewing at Audi Centre Centurion.