EVlink™ electric vehicle charging stations to help researchers measure energy demand in ground-breaking urban neighborhood
PALATINE, Ill. – Oct. 25, 2012 – Schneider Electric, a global specialist in energy management, today announced that Schneider Electric's EVlink™ Level 2 indoor electric vehicle (EV) charging station will be offered by Pecan Street Inc. to program participants as part of the organization's electric vehicle research program in Austin, Texas.
Started in 2008 to help spur smart grid and consumer electronic innovation in the U.S. and headquartered at The University of Texas at Austin, Pecan Street Inc. is conducting the most detailed consumer energy research in the country. The organization's demonstration project in Austin's Mueller neighborhood includes the deployment of select equipment, technology and information services, including the EVlink charging station to those who purchase EVs, to approximately 500 homeowners to demonstrate and test their impact on energy use.
"As energy demand continues to increase and consumers weigh the benefits of energy efficient electric vehicles, we see the build out of U.S. EV infrastructure as a critical next step for increased EV adoption," comments Mike Calise, director of electric vehicles, Power Business, Schneider Electric. "We are thrilled to offer our EVlink products to Pecan Street to help spur innovation."
Available to electric vehicle research program participants and installed by Pecan Street Inc., Schneider Electric's EVlink indoor charging station provides easy operation and universal EV compatibility, as well as unmatched safety and durability. Features include:
•Faster charging features: Charges approximately four times faster than a standard 110 volt home outlet. With a full 30 Amp Level 2 charging rate, EVlink is future proofed as owners charge almost two times faster than other 16 Amp Level 2 charging stations.
•Homeowner-friendly design: Sleek, space-saving design, LED charging indicator, and independent cord bracket for safe and convenient mounting options.
•Advanced safety features: Integral ground fault monitoring and protection capabilities including auto reset provides additional user safety from power outages and lost connectivity.
•Standards compliance: UL for US, cUL for Canada and NOM for Mexico listed and SAE J1772 compliance ensures universal compatibility with any electric vehicle entering the market today.
"Our success as a research organization will rely heavily on the collaboration of many stakeholders and experts working towards one goal," said Pecan Street Inc. executive director Brewster McCracken.
"Through the implementation of Schneider Electric's EVlink charging stations, we hope to learn more about and build smarter and cleaner energy services."
The Schneider Electric EVlink Level 2 indoor EV charging station is available for purchase through Schneider Electric's network of select retailers and distributors. For more information on Schneider Electric's products and solutions, please visit
•For more info on the EVlink indoor EV charging station: http://products.schneider-electric.us/products-services/products/electric-vehicle-charging-stations/indoor-electric-vehicle-charging-station/
• Watch a video of the EVlink charging solutions: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R6WJjL2_Hbc
• Learn more about Pecan Street Inc.: http://www.pecanstreet.org/projects/mueller/
About Schneider Electric
As a global specialist in energy management with operations in more than 100 countries, Schneider Electric offers integrated solutions across multiple market segments, including leadership positions in Utilities & Infrastructures, Industries & Machine Manufacturers, Non-residential Buildings, Data Centers & Networks and Residential. Focused on making energy safe, reliable, efficient, productive and green, the company's 130,000 plus employees achieved sales of about 31 billion US dollars (22.4 billion euros) in 2011, through an active commitment to help individuals and organizations make the most of their energy.
About Pecan Street Inc.
Headquartered at The University of Texas at Austin, Pecan Street Inc. is a smart grid research and development organization. With its partners at the University of Texas at Austin, Austin Energy, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Environmental Defense Fund, Underwriters Laboratories and several corporate energy and consumer electronics companies, Pecan Street is conducting the most robust and detailed consumer energy research in the U.S. Its one square mile test-bed community in Austin, Texas is among the country's most highly concentrated sample of rooftop solar (1/3 of all homes) and electric vehicles (more than 60).