Electric car owners looking to charge their cars faster and cheaper might want to donate to the Kickstarter fund for the EMW JuiceBox.
EMW Juicebox is a DIY electric car charger from the EV Conversion company Electric Motor Werks, Inc. This is the first time the company is expanding beyond the EV Conversion market and aims to introduce the open-source Level 2 electric car charger targeted at all electric car owners.
Targeted to be completely open source design, EMW JuiceBox will allow electric car owners to charge their vehicles at home 5 times faster than they could before with the factory-supplied charging adapters. EMW JuiceBox can be connected to either 120V outlet or 240V outlet (such as a dryer outlet). Full power rating will be achieved while connected to a 240V outlet.
The company has a number of working prototypes in the field already and is now looking to scale production.
EMW supporters in this crowdfunding campaign will receive handsome rewards: from basic kits to fully assembled charging stations depending on the amount contributed.
The pricing is set to start from $99 (plus $10 shipping) for the 7.2kW 30A charging station kit. This makes EMW JuiceBox charging solution 8 times cheaper than the lowest-cost currently available charging stations (EVSE).
Electric Motor Werks is also crowdfunding a Premium Edition of JuiceBox set to start from $199 in kit form (plus $20 shipping) which adds time-of-day charging, a color LCD, ground-fault plus output protection (for outdoor use) and a unique enclosure.
For a $329 pledge, supporters could opt to have a fully assembled JuiceBox delivered to them in August, as long as they also purchased input and output cables from EMW before the boxes ship.
EMW originally started with a $25,000, goal but raised it to $40,000 to add WiFi access, which would allow drivers to monitor car charging remotely.
As of Tuesday morning, 253 backers had thrown in $ 47,534 to fund the JuiceBox project.
If you’d like to pick up one of their cheap, crazy-fast chargers, head on over to their Kickstarter page.