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The article below has been submitted by Viridian EV.
Viridian EV was established in 2015 to develop, market and distribute electric vehicle (EV) charging technologies. Said technology had been designed by its founders after they seized an opportunity in the early era of the now rapidly growing e-mobility sector. The team (most of whom were early adopters of EVs) have enjoyed and is proud to be a part of revolutionising mobility and supporting lower carbon emissions, by bolstering the charging infrastructure quality and through innovation, therefore promoting electric vehicle adoption.
Originally working with charity Zero Carbon World to produce charge points that were donated to various ‘destination charging’ sites, the team has expanded and grown into an EV charge point solutions provider.
With strategic partners and mainly UK or EU suppliers we can be proud to say Viridian EV develops, manufactures, and supplies high quality electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE) including charge points, charge point controller technologies & communication devices, electrical protection devices specific to EVSE and other related accessories.
Main activities and specialities revolve around developing and manufacturing charge points and charger point controllers in the UK; both are supplied as finished products but are also adaptable for bespoke solutions. The other ancillary equipment and accessories, such as EV charging cables, has been specially selected to support and compliment the quality inherent in the main activities.
Having established partnerships in the UK, Norway, and multiple EU countries through its flagship product, the EcoLite charge point the business has continued to grow and evolve. Also supplying its EVSE controller technology to other OEMs and DIY/Early adopter users across the UK, Europe and as far as New Zealand.
Viridian EV is proud of how far around the globe its products have reached, and it is for this reason the company already familiar with different export requirements for different markets and although the UK leaving the EU has and will throw up a hurdle or two, it is keen to continue trading and building relationships within the EU and further.
As previously mentioned, the flagship product is the EcoLite charge point. One of a range of charge points offered by Viridian EV. The EcoLite takes the winning formula from the original and first ‘Classic charger’ and puts it in a new, more aesthetically pleasing casing. Still rugged and still simple to install the EcoLite has a more features and is a powder coated Zintec metal construction that is built to a very high standard in the UK.
Its iconic charging ‘halo’ has become a staple in the industry. With this charger being VEVs premium product the focus is around encasing company ethos in a product that meets customer demand, has a designed aesthetic, and provides a growing level of offline and online smart technology for the demands of the industry.
Classic 2.0 – Coming Soon
The industry disruptive charger that will attack the lower price points of the market whilst maintaining the quality & integrity of our UK design and manufacture. With a high build quality and already being exported in 3-Phase variants in Norway this robust and compact metal enclosure has much to offer the market. Our very own UK configured Classic 2.0 has built in PEN Fault Detection, DC Leakage, Simple Load Sharing as well as access control features via a key-switch lock. It’s easy to install and priced with a huge statement the 2.0 will be a product to watch in the coming months.
Charge Point Controllers (and interfaces to other hardware)
Controllers are truly a unique part of Viridian EV’s success due to the in-house design and manufacture capabilities as well as the controller’s sales into well-known brands globally, providing internals for many charge point manufacturers. The now ‘EPC2.0’ builds on the success of the 1st generation of EVSE controller. It is the same size DIN rail mounted module designed for IEC 61851 compliant EV charge points, but with more features and configurable options.
The 35mm wide module can support 1 charging outlet, either a socket outlet or a tethered cable, as well as added electrical safety features that help charge point manufacturers and installers meet regulations in a cost-effective way. Like before, it has an internal status indicator LED and support for an external LED.
With a myriad of configurable options and feature support, the EPC is an unsung hero within Viridian EV’s portfolio.
EVSE Connection Centres for PEN fault & 6mA protection
The Viridian EVSE connection centre takes a key safety feature in PEN Fault Detection which was originally developed for EPC 2.0 and incorporates it into a standalone easy to install IP rated consumer unit.
It removes the requirement for a copper earth spike to be installed and meets the minimum requirements in BS 7671: 2018 amendment 1, 722.411.4.1. This has proven immensely popular amongst installers and consumers alike with the unit being partnered with various charging point installs across the UK.
Solar Generation and Current monitoring add to an already impressive level of functionality and are one of many reasons the product has exploded onto the scene in recent months.
We at e-zoomed offer a wide variety of high quality and high performance electric car charging cables (type 2 and type 1), perfect for charging your electric car at home or at public EV charging stations.