Schneider Electric joins electric vehicle charger fray

You may know Schneider Electric best as the technology infrastructure company behind key energy management technology (ala uninterruptible power supplies and such) in your data center. But in the future you may find some of its products in your garage.

You may know Schneider Electric best as the technology infrastructure company behind key energy management technology (ala uninterruptible power supplies and such) in your data center. But in the future you may find some of its products in your garage.

That's because Schneider Electric has just launched the first in a line of planned electric vehicle chargers, this one targeted for residential use. Here are some of the key features of the first product (pictured to the right):

  • It boasts SAE J1772 compliance and has been listed with Underwriters Laboratory, so it should work with any of the electric vehicles coming onto the market
  • It has ground-fault monitoring and protection features, so it should recovery automatically if there is some sort of power disruption or outage
  • You can set it to charge on a delayed schedule (such as overnight), so you can take advantage of off-peak electric utility rates
  • It has an indoor wall-mount and cable holder

Not sure I would recommend installing this yourself and, indeed Schneider Electric is looking to work with electrical contractors to help them sell, recommend and install electric vehicle chargers. (Remind me to ask the electrician who sub-contracts for my general contractor husband if he is focusing on this at all.) More Schneider Electric electric vehicle chargers, including commercial level II and III technologies, are due later in 2011.

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