February 22, 2012
| by Steven Castle
Big box hardware stores like The Home Depot and Lowe’s aren’t just opening shelf space to energy-saving LED lamps, energy management systems and even alternative energy systems. You can also get electric vehicle (EV) chargers through the retailers.
Schneider Electric just announced that its EVlink 240-volt EV charger is available on HomeDepot.com (list price $799), joining similar chargers from GE, Legrand and Leviton. Lowe’s sells the GE and Schneider (Square D) chargers.
The EVlink is a Level 2 charging solution for charging all types of electric vehicles, meaning that it charges at 240 volts instead of 110 volts from a standard electric outlet. It also means you’ll need an electrician to hook up a 240-volt receptacle and circuit breaker.
Schneider says EVlink charges about four times faster than that with standard outlets and almost two times faster than other 16 Amp Level 2 charging stations. It has an LED charging indicator, and independent cord bracket for safe and convenient mounting options.
Pike Research forecasts that by 2015, more than 1 million plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) and EVs will be sold annually around the world and during that year, the more than 3 million EVs sold to date will be plugging in to recharge their batteries.
Steven Castle is Electronic House's managing editor. he has been writing about consumer electronics, homes and energy efficiency topics for two decades. He is also the co-founder of GreenTech Advocates