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Optimizing At Home EV Charging in California with the DCC-12: A San Jose Resident’s Story

With the rise of electric vehicles (EVs), the need for efficient home charging solutions has become paramount. Like many others, Doug Peterson from San Jose, California, chose home charging for all the advantages it provides. Read his story below: he shares his journey of overcoming challenges in EV charger installation and how RVE’s innovative DCC-12 device transformed his experience, saving time and thousands of dollars by not having to upgrade his main electrical service panel. 

Overcoming electrical panel limitations and financial challenges

Living sustainably in South San Jose, California, Doug Peterson and his wife, Laura Karst, embarked on a journey to reduce their carbon footprint. One significant step was the purchase of a Hyundai Ioniq in 2020, coupled with the installation of a home charger. However, their endeavor encountered unforeseen challenges due to electrical panel limitations; their 100-amp main breaker couldn’t accommodate the additional load. 

The necessary upgrades to the panel would have been complex and expensive, with estimates exceeding $10,000, accompanied by engineering fees and structural changes in their 30-year-old home. However, Doug continued to look for an effective solution that would avoid these costly expenses.

Exploring alternative charging methods

Encountering these challenges, Doug delved into alternative charging approaches, resorting to trickle-charging the car from a standard 120-volt outlet. Although functional, this makeshift solution proved suboptimal, demanding constant vigilance and disrupting household routines.

A potential middle ground surfaced with the suggestion of a toggle switch, alternating power between the car charger and an electric oven. The switch would be placed between a 50-amp circuit breaker and the electric oven it currently powers.  

While not perfect, it presented a more budget-friendly option compared to extensive electrical renovations. However, it introduced its own limitations; they could toggle the circuit to supply the car charger or the oven, but both could not operate at the same time.

Introducing the DCC-12: A game-changing device

After months of having to charge their electric vehicle at home with the 120-volt outlet, Doug decided to seek out estimates for a toggle switch. 

“One local company, Willow Glen Electric, told me about a new device that could solve the problem without the toggle. They explained how a load shedding device functions and assured me that they had already installed a lot of them for other EV owners encountering similar roadblocks.”

— Doug Peterson

The solution presented to Doug was the DCC-12, also called Demand Charge Controller. Patented as an Electric Vehicle Energy Management System (EVEMS) and designed to address energy capacity limitations, the DCC-12 enables direct connection of a charger to an electrical panel, circumventing constraints that would otherwise hinder installation.

In their pursuit of a more efficient solution, Doug and Laura switched from a budget exceeding $10,000 to an innovative solution of approximately $2,000 that facilitated and optimized the charging of their new Ioniq at home. And thanks to the federal tax credit in place covering up to 30% of the installation cost, they were able to save even more money.

The DCC-12 installed at Doug’s

The DCC-12 and the electrical panel

Advantages of the DCC-12 in a single-family home

By going the RVE way, Doug and Laura can benefit from these 5 key elements: 

Efficient performance: The DCC-12 seamlessly integrates with Doug’s Level 2 charger, ensuring round-the-clock protection and efficient charging capabilities.
Cost optimization: By leveraging a time-of-use rate schedule tailored for EV owners, Doug capitalizes on the cheapest charging window from 12 AM to 3 PM, maximizing cost savings.
Seamless integration with household loads: Doug optimizes his electric vehicle charging by aligning it with daylight hours, tapping into surplus electricity generated by his solar panels. The DCC can seamlessly control other household loads. Learn more here. 
Secure charging sessions: With an energy management system like the DCC, Doug no longer has to worry about managing energy himself during peak demand hours. The DCC knows to shed the load of the EVSE at the right time so that Doug can cook his dinner and continue his routine unchanged, and still have a full charge in the morning.
Accelerated charging: Thanks to the DCC-12, Doug’s Hyundai Ioniq spends significantly less time in the driveway, transitioning from near-empty to full charge in approximately six hours, enhancing convenience and accessibility.

EV-Ready with RVE technology

Now the proud owners of a new Ioniq 6, Doug and Laura are more EV enthusiasts than ever. Their testimonial serves as an inspiring example for EV owners seeking to make their homes EV-ready and facing similar challenges. Their perseverance to find a solution that would adapt to the existing electrical infrastructure, safe, future-proof without representing a high expense led them to RVE’s technology and we are proud to have been able to help this California couple in their electrification journey.

“The addition of the device added about $2,000 to the cost of the charger installation, and some of the expense will be covered by a new federal tax credit. […] The installation was accomplished in one afternoon, then inspected a few weeks later. The device works beautifully, providing round-the-clock protection for the ample Level 2 charger mounted on the outside of the garage.”

— Doug Peterson

Explore the technical aspects of this installation in our RVE case study and find out how the DCC-12 seamlessly accommodated this 30-year-old home to power an electric vehicle charger, making for a smoother transition to electric mobility. 

If you would like more information on which DCC is ideal for your next EV charging installation project, please contact one of our experts, at sales@rve.ca or visit our website.

Ready to share your own success story?

You have a success story like Doug’s to tell and would like to showcase how you’ve made your home EV-ready with an RVE technology? We’d love to hear from you! Reach out to us at medias@rve.ca

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