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Schneider Electric, Legrand and Scame Create EV Plug Alliance

Schneider Electric, Legrand and Scame 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 companies say. 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 compatibility between multiple suppliers’ 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 one strong standard, easing development of solutions and practical applications to revolutionize the electric vehicle charge.

—Statement from the three co-founders

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 Click to enlarge.



It looks like the power-supplying connector is male, while the power-receiving connector is female (unless the center and right images are supposed to be wall-mounted and not vehicle-mounted). This is backwards from standard safety practice.

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