February 22, 2011
| by Steven Castle
Thinking of buying a plug-in electric car? You’ll need a charging device for that—and maybe a home control system to help govern it as well.
Schneider Electric has released its residential electric vehicle (EV) charger, along with commercial, and fast-charging EV chargers, as well as installation and maintenance services from electrical contractors certified through a new Schneider Electric training program. Homeowners can opt to manage the additional electrical load of their EV’s by incorporating Schneider Electric’s recently launched Wiser Energy Management System that can help schedule charging times.
“We see energy management as a key component for successful mass adoption of EVs. With our comprehensive solution, users in residential and commercial settings will be able to better manage their energy use and integrate with the Smart Grid,” says Rich Korthauer, director of Schneider Electric’s North America residential power business.
Schneider’s indoor residential EV charger is a Level II charger that can charge a car in about six to eight hours and uses 208 to 240 volts. Click here for more information about the different charging types and types of electric vehicles.
Key features of the Schneider Electric indoor residential EV charger include:
• Delayed charging: Features a delayed charging option, enabling users to delay charging for up to eight hours, in one-hour increments. This feature allows users to take advantage of off-peak utility rates by delaying the charging of the vehicle until electricity can be used at a lower rate.
• LED displays: User-friendly display lights up to show the charging progress of the vehicle. Status indicator lights identify if the vehicle is charging and for how long, if charging will be scheduled for a later time, or if the charger requires attention.
• Standards Compliance: UL listed and SAE J1772 compliance ensures compatibility with electric vehicles entering the market today.
• Ground fault monitoring and protection: Capability to detect faults and provide protection from power outages and lost connectivity. An integral ground fault interrupter set at 5mA provides protection to users if a fault is detected. Automatic recovery and restart functionality ensures charging will resume following a power loss or ground fault detection.
The unit features a features non-metallic enclosure, indoor wall-mount and cable holder.
Schneider’s Level II basic indoor residential EV charger is available today through Schneider Electric, for under $1,000. The company will unveil additional residential and commercial level II and III EV charging solutions this year.
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