Jet Charge signs up first partner to roll out smart home EV chargers

Melbourne-based electric vehicle infrastructure company Jet Charge has announced it is teaming up with Middy’s Electrical to roll out the Wallbox range of EV chargers to Australian homes and businesses.

The companies announced the new partnership on Wednesday, which they said would bring EV charging and energy management solutions to the Australian population and help to accelerate EV adoption in the country.

Wallbox chargers, which are imported from Europe by Jet Charge, are capable of charging an EV at up to 22kW and offer a range of AC options for both residential and commercial use.

Jet Charge CEO Tim Washington said Middy’s had signed up as the first certified wholesale partner for the Wallbox range after recognising the benefit of partnering with another national brand that “intimately understands” the EV infrastructure space.

“Middy’s are a great Australian family business, well respected in the electrical wholesaler channel for bringing global technology to market.

“[Our] partnership expands JET Charge’s distribution market segment, leveraging our depth of experience in the project design, delivery and manufacturing environment, where the knowledge base and depth of resource… allows us to best support on the ground great products such as Wallbox,” he said.

Middy’s national manager tech energy, Darren Bowler, said the company was keen to do its part to bring leading global technology from Wallbox to market.

So far in Australia, the Wallbox Quasar unit has played a key role in the Nissan-led REVS trial, in which Jet Charge also participated, which has explored the possibilites for vehicle-to-grid and vehicle-to-home services.

At the time of the trial, in 2020, Washington explained that the bi-directional Quasar charger was capable of 7kW output – more than most stand-alone batteries and enough to power most appliances, including air conditioners.

Earlier this month, Jet Charge raised more than $25 million in a financing round, including $6 million tipped in by the federal government’s green bank, to help meet thechallenges and opportunities” of growing EV uptake in Australia.

The Series B funding round was led by RACV with backing from the Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC) via the Clean Energy Innovation Fund, and Claremont Capital, in addition to further support from $4.5 million Series A investors Greg Roebuck, founder of Carsales.com .au, and climate tech investor Simon Monk.

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