John Gartner, director of Navigant Research, takes to the pages of Forbes to offer up insight on the next generation of electric vehicle chargers, and how they can be connected to residential solar power.

Two of the latest offerings come from electric vehicle charging equipment manufacturers Eltrel and Circontrol. Etrel's residential smart-charger has become especially popular, while Circontrol's eHome residential charge has proven to be equally impressive. The eHome residential charge monitors the home's energy consumption, while Etrel's smart-charger senses when solar power is being produced. 

Both Circontrol and Etrel include mobile and web applications that let consumers see how much power is being used and generated and also allow them to schedule EV charging. Circontrol offers both commercial alternating current and fast direct current chargers.

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