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Schneider Electric moves to support growth of UK electric vehicle market

24 February 2011

With the UK’s spend on electric vehicles set to reach £7bn by 2014, Schneider Electric, is demonstrating its support by launching safe and efficient charging systems to the UK market. The company offers a full range of charging systems which are suitable for domestic and commercial environments as well as roadside, car parks and petrol stations.

The fast charge station provides a quick and reliable solution and is capable of charging 80 per cent of a battery in just 15 minutes. For shopping centre car parks and roadside parking, the street charging system can provide a full charge in just two hours. The product features a vandal-proof locking system, is weather and impact resistant, offers supervision capabilities and charge level indicator, and comes with the option of a payment system dependent on the operator. Residential charging systems work smartly with the electric vehicle, taking between four to six hours to fully charge a car, depending on the supply available in the home.
Schneider's chargers are IEC 61851-1 compliant and the connectors and sockets are fitted with shutters that cover the power contacts when not in use, guaranteeing a high level of safety for both domestic (illustrated) and commercial use and full compliance with all UK domestic wiring regulations.

As the UK’s smart grid develops, these charging systems will continue to remain compatible by offering built-in smart energy management. Features such as optimised charge power will be determined by vehicle needs and available power on the grid. As the company’s charging systems communicate with both the vehicle being charged and the grid, users can stay informed about system availability and charge progress via a PC or mobile phone. The systems can even send a message via SMS to tell users when their vehicle is charged.

Simplicity has been at the heart of the development of the charging systems and Schneider Electric has ensured they are easy to use. The solutions offer a simple, intuitive interface, which is designed to make operation and maintenance straight-forward. In addition, certain electric vehicle users can benefit from more advanced interaction with street charging systems via satellite navigation systems by being able to identify their nearest point, if it is available and then reserve a space before they arrive.

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