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You charge your cell phone at home so why not your car? Fort Worth company finds a way

Edward Morgan is getting quite a charge out of his business, celebrating five years in operation. And now, he’s hoping others will feel right at home celebrating with him.

Morgan, the founder and CEO of Revitalize Charging Solutions, launched his company in 2013. Now, as it enters the five-year anniversary period, he plans to stay ahead of the curve as electric vehicles increase in popularity.

Morgan recently launched the next phase of his dream, a home charger.

He’s focusing on expanding that business. Instead of drivers going to the charging stations, the stations will come to them.

“This has been a part of our road map since the beginning,” he said. “Today, 95 percent of all charging happens at home, so it only makes sense to sell direct to consumers. Besides, we are introducing the next generation of home charging for the home. That will allow for future expansion.”

Unlike the chargers at businesses, where Morgan’s company owns the stations and the businesses pay for electricity, home chargers will be sold directly to consumers. The cost is $699, and customers will be able to order on Indiegogo (bit.ly/RCSHome) and receive a deep discount up to 27 percent.

“What we are excited about is that the customer will be able to get a dual charger for almost the price of a single today,” he said.

As for how long a charge will last, that depends on the vehicle and how often it is driven. It also depends on the battery size concerning how long a vehicle will have to be plugged in for a full charge.

The REV+ Dual Home Charger has the capability to charge up to 12 kilowatt hours at 50 amps. The average electric vehicle supply equipment is 7.7 kWh.

Morgan said the REV+ Dual Home Charger will be the solution that provides the charging needs for one- or two-electric vehicle homes, providing a big punch in a short period of time. It offers a combination of cost-effective convenience, manageability via the RCS mobile application and reporting intelligence.

“With the price of electric cars decreasing, you will start to see homes with two electric cars,” he said. “The Rev+ Dual Home Charger features a range of ways in which users can monitor and manage their EV charging experience.”

The charger has three communication options, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and an integrated web server. With the first two technologies, users interact with their chargers via a RCS mobile app, from which they can:

• Create and manage user profiles.

• Establish customized charging schedules.

• Start, stop and delay charge.

• Create and analyze charging and energy use reports.

• Set notifications.

• Get real time in charging stats.

• Get cost and amount of power used.

The REV+ Dual Home Charger delivers a host of other user benefits, including the ability to schedule charging during off-peak hours, a scheduling flexibility that could translate to significant long-term cost savings.

RCS’ features and scheduling abilities also can make sure drivers never forget to charge the cars. For example, if a customer accidentally neglects to plug in his or her vehicle, RCS will send a reminder notification.

If anything should happen to the user’s phone, the same information can be accessed via any Web browser.

“Our goals are to become a major EVSE (electric vehicle supply equipment) supplier around the world,” Morgan said, adding that other goals moving forward are “to continue to innovate state of the art equipment, such as a network of Fast Chargers, continue to forge partnerships to install one of the most sophisticated charging networks to give drivers the confidence that they can get from Point A to Point B safely.”

So, could a portable charger be down the road?

“Possibly,” Morgan said simply.

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