Pod Point has announced the launch of the Solo 3S, the latest evolution of its home charger. Now equipped with solar integration, the Solo 3S also features a whole new OCPP platform that enables faster feature deployment.

The Solo 3S aims to address growing concerns around the cost of energy by taking advantage of solar power to keep consumer costs down. Solo 3S users can choose to charge their EV either exclusively with solar energy or combined with electricity from the National Grid.

With 87% of EV drivers expressing an interest in owning a solar power-compatible charger, even prior to acquiring solar panels, the Solo 3S has been designed with this in mind. Customers will also avoid a costly charger upgrade fee should they decide to install solar panels in the future. Once the panels are installed, drivers can switch from a grid supply to solar power by simply activating the solar charging mode in the Pod Point app.

The Solo 3S smart home charger works by using excess energy generated from the home’s solar panels and channelling it to the charger. The charger only redirects the excess power generated, ensuring that essential household electronics and sockets retain priority, while the charger utilises the remaining surplus.

The Solo 3S is covered by a 5-year warranty as standard if purchased direct from and installed by Pod Point*3. As with previous versions, once connected to WiFi, the charger can receive over-the-air software updates to access new features without needing to change the physical charger. It can also receive software updates for optimal performance and allow Pod Point’s support team to perform remote diagnostics.

The Pod Point App’s charge activity monitoring feature provides insights into energy usage, enabling drivers to determine how much energy they are using to charge their vehicle and the associated costs over a specified period of time.

Pod Point’s chief technology officer Arjan van Rooijen said: “Many of the UK’s EV drivers will have chosen to drive a vehicle in order to lessen their impact on the environment and many will want the greenest possible solution when it comes to powering their car. These worries are often compounded with the rising cost of energy, which continues to have an impact on all of us.

“Driving shouldn’t cost the earth, and we’re excited to launch a solution that addresses the problems EV drivers face by making charging easier and more affordable.”

The Solo 3S, which comes in an updated aesthetic with a darker design, will be available to order via the Pod Point website from 02 May 2024. Prices start at £1,099 including installation. For wholesale orders, the home charger will be available to purchase from late May 2024.