Schneider Electric, Legrand & Scame join forces to promote high safety plug for Electric Vehicle infrastructure
Rueil-Malmaison (France), Limoges (France), Parre (Italy), March 17, 2010 - Schneider Electric, Legrand & Scame announced today that they are forming the EV Plug Alliance, to promote the use of a high safety plug and socket solution for Electric Vehicle charge infrastructure.
The rapid adoption of a European standard for Electric Vehicle infrastructure plugs that meets the existing security levels required for installation in homes and buildings at an optimized cost is a key factor to develop the nascent Electric Vehicle market. The Alliance aims to provide a label that guarantees full compliance with the Type 3 of the IEC standard for plug & socket in finalization.
The plug endorsed by the Alliance will ensure compability between multiple supplier' products. Charge at a power up to 24 kW, in mono or three phase installations will allow charging electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids. It will offer the highest level of safety with the use of shutters to protect against accidental touch of electric parts.
"The EV Plug Alliance is open to any new member, and our first challenge is to gather as many actors concerned as possible. The more we enlarge the Alliance, the more chances we will have to create an eco-system with on strong standard, easing development of solutions and practical applications to revolutionize the electric vehicle charge", said the three cofounders of the EV Plug Alliance; Philippe Delorme, Executive Vice-President Strategy & Innovation of Schneider Electric; Jean-Charles Thuard, Executive Vice-President Strategy & Development of Legrand; and Gianpietro Camilli, Marketing & Product Development Director of Scame.
The first products labeled by the EV Plug Alliance are planned to be available at the end of second quarter 2010.
Illustration of the first prototypes soon to be labeled by the EV Plug Alliance
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 energy and infrastructure, industrial processes, building automation, and data centres/networks, as well as a broad presence in residential applications. Focused on making energy safe, reliable, and efficient, the company's 100,000 employees achieved sales of more than 15.8 billion euros in 2009, through an active commitment to help individuals and organisations "Make the most of their energy"
Legrand Group is the global specialist in electrical and digital building Infrastructures. Its comprehensive offering of solutions for use in commercial, industrial and residential markets makes it a benchmark for suppliers worldwide. Innovation for a steady flow of new products with high added value is a prime vector for growth. Legrand reported sales of €3.6 billion in 2009. The company is listed on Euronext and is a component stock of indexes including the SBF120, FTSE4Good, MSCI World and ASPI.
SCAME is a worldwide Company that produces electric material for low voltage applications. The range of products is divided into four "sections" (Industrial Products; Distributions Boards and Consumer Units; Accessories for Electrical Plants; Products for Domestic Applications). SCAME has been involved for more than 10 years into the development of connectors for Electrical Vehicles, attending to Italian and International Committees in order to define international standards for couplers and re-charging systems for EVs.