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USA: Schneider Electric unveils electric car DC Fast Charger with upgradeability beyond CHADEMO

Schneider-Electric unveils new electric car DC Fast Charge station, compatible with the CHADEMO protocol, that has the vitally important UL listing, and which can be upgraded to the new SAE DC Fast Charge protocol once that is finished.

This week at the EVS26 symposium in Los Angeles, Schneider Electric announced U.S. availability of the EVlink DC Quick Charger for electric cars. The vending-machine sized unit supports the CHADEMO DC Fast Charging charging protocol used by electric cars manufactured by Nissan and Mitsubishi. The station is designed to allow easy upgrade to the new DC Fast Charging protocol being designed by the SAE J1772 committee, which may “future-proof” the fast charging networks being built today.

DC Fast Charging solutions are best suited to public parking, shopping malls, gas stations and rest stops, fleet applications, car sharing programs and rental companies. In each of these cases a fast recharge is preferable to one requiring several hours to complete. It is the CHADEMO charging port on the Nissan Leaf which enables the “recharge to 80% in 30 minutes” mode. Research in Japan, which has had a CHADEMO fast charging network since 2008, has shown that the presence of fast charging stations results in increased electric car usage. “We know more DC quick chargers will improve ‘effective range’ of electric vehicles helping to solve range limitations and encourage wider spread adoption,” said Mike Calise, Director, Electric Vehicles, Power Business, Schneider Electric. “With easy access to fast and reliable chargers, people will be more comfortable buying and driving EVs.”
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