Spanish charging station manufacturer Wallbox has announced the introduction of Quasar 2, the latest generation of its bidirectional home charger designed specifically for the North American market.
Quasar 2 retains the advanced features and functionality of its predecessor, Quasar, but now additionally offers bidirectional home charging, CCS compatibility and what the company calls “blackout mode”.
Blackout mode is a feature that allows EV owners to use their car as an emergency generator in power outages. With bidirectional home charging capability, the car should also be able to smart charge when prices are grid demand is low.
“Bidirectional charging opens up numerous opportunities for smarter energy management in the home,” said Enric Asunción, co-founder and CEO of Wallbox. “Quasar 2 represents a breakthrough in the evolution of home energy management. Not only does it allow us to rethink the way we produce, store and use energy on a day-to-day basis, but has the potential to give users the added power and comfort of being able to power their homes for over three days during a power outage.”
Douglas Alfaro, General Manager of Wallbox North America points out that the average American experienced more than eight hours of power interruption in 2020. “Whether it’s caused by an earthquake, hurricane, wildfire or simply related to an overload on the power grid, a power outage can have a detrimental impact on homeowners that can last for hours or even days. With blackout mode, we are able to offer EV owners some relief by helping mitigate the impact of a major energy disruption in the home,” he assures.
This new model is more powerful than its predecessor – it can provide up to 11.5kW/48Amp of power for charging and discharging. Quasar 2 can connect to the myWallbox app through Wifi, Bluetooth, Ethernet, or 4G.
In summer 2021, the Spanish company announced that it was going public. In February 2021, Wallbox closed a 33 million-euro funding round supported by new and existing investors. Investor Iberdrola also ordered 1,000 units of the Supernova for the expansion of its own fast-charging network. In April last year, Wallbox announced plans for a production plant in the USA.
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