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Imagine how convenient it would be if you could simply fill up your future electric vehicle (EV) at the gas station down the road, across town, or perhaps even the one that's located right off the exit ramp of your local expressway. Now, that's convenient charging that could push EVs to mass adoption, right? Well, that's the plan of Eaton Corporation and Murphy Oil USA. The duo have teamed up to demonstrate the benefits of fast, convenient charging located within the familiar environment of traditional gas stations.
Eaton, makers of the Level 3 DC Quick Charger, and Murphy Oil USA, a leading fuel provider that operates more than 1,000 gas stations in 22 states and agreed yesterday to pay $143 million for pollution control violations, will kick off a pilot program in Tennessee aimed at addressing the range anxiety issues that surround EVs. The companies expressed concerns regarding the limited availability and visibility of charging stations and firmly believe, as do we, that access to chargers will boost adoption of EVs. After the initial test is complete, the collaborative team will evaluate the success and seek out ways to expand the program.

[Source: Eaton Corporation, Reuters]

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Eaton and Murphy Oil USA Team Up to Expand Electric Vehicle Charging Network


PITTSBURGH--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Diversified industrial manufacturer Eaton Corporation and Murphy Oil USA, Inc., a leading fuel provider operating more than 1,000 retail gasoline stations across 22 states, today announced a joint collaboration designed to demonstrate to electric vehicle drivers the benefits of fast, convenient charging within the familiar environment of a traditional gas station.

"Eaton is focused on creating innovative and affordable technologies that help customers reduce their impact on the environment"

After an initial test phase at a location in Tennessee, Eaton and Murphy Oil USA will evaluate ways to expand the program and utilize the combined capabilities of their organizations to help make charging stations widely available.

"Murphy Oil USA is committed to being a pioneer and early adopter of alternative fuels and Green Energy. Through our collaboration with Eaton, we are paving the way for development of the infrastructure leading to adoption and expanded of use of Electric Vehicles," said Hank Heithaus, president, Retail Marketing, Murphy Oil USA.

The collaboration will attempt to address the "range anxiety" electric vehicle drivers currently face due to the limited availability and visibility of installed and operating charging stations. The demonstration project will ultimately include Murphy Oil USA's installation and use of Eaton's DC Quick Chargers, based upon the company's well recognized quality and safety records as well as the reach of its service organization.

"Eaton is focused on creating innovative and affordable technologies that help customers reduce their impact on the environment," said Richard Stinson, president, Power Distribution Operations – Americas, Eaton's Electrical Sector. "Eaton offers a complete line of electric vehicle chargers for residential and industrial application and has a presence in communities across North America. We are excited about collaborating with Murphy Oil USA to deliver this clean technology within an environment that the consumers are very comfortable with."

Eaton has developed electrical and hybrid power systems for trucks and buses for more than 20 years. Eaton is the only company to offer hybrid-electric, as well as two hybrid hydraulic system technologies, and the charging and networked charging infrastructure for commercial and residential applications. For more information, visit www.eaton.com/plugin.

Murphy Oil USA, Inc. is a leading provider of quality fuels and convenience store services in the United States, operating more than 1000 retail gasoline stations across 22 states under the Murphy USA® and Murphy Express brands. Murphy Oil USA, Inc. also owns and operates a network of 12 terminals that provide, along with third-party terminals, fuel supply to retail and branded wholesale stations throughout 24 states. For more information visit www.murphyusa.com

Eaton's electrical business is a global leader in power distribution, power quality, control and industrial automation products and services. Eaton's global electrical product lines, including Cutler-Hammer®, Moeller®, Powerware®, Holec®, MEM®, Santak®, and MGE Office Protection Systems™ provide customer-driven PowerChain Management® solutions to serve the power system needs of the data center, industrial, institutional, government, utility, commercial, residential, and OEM markets worldwide. For more information, visit www.eaton.com.

Eaton Corporation is a diversified power management company with 2009 sales of $11.9 billion. Eaton is a global technology leader in electrical components and systems for power quality, distribution and control; hydraulics components, systems and services for industrial and mobile equipment; aerospace fuel, hydraulics and pneumatic systems for commercial and military use; and truck and automotive drivetrain and powertrain systems for performance, fuel economy and safety. Eaton has approximately 70,000 employees and sells products to customers in more than 150 countries.


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      • 4 Years Ago
      I'm a bit annoyed by the foolish habit of discussing electric vehicles in terms of "adoption" when there's never really been anything offered in numbers for anybody to adopt!

      I could see if some manufacturer built a decent one with plans to sell 60,000+ a year at a decent price and with earnest marketing and sales efforts; yet still didn't get anywhere. That's happened with quite a few cars (Aztec, SVX, Baja, Reata, blackwood....) but it's -NEVER- happened with an electric one.

      So until there's an actually precedent against which to judge the "adoption" rate of electric vehicles, how about we stop dim wittedly regurgitating the crap the auto industry feeds to us. Instead, let's discuss things in terms of how they -really- are. The problem with electric vehicles isn't "adoption." The problem with electric vehicles is "production"... "Refusal of production" to put it more accurately.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Excellent news for the US. To bad there are no similar efforts over here.
      Widely available fast chargers are a major crunch-point for EV mass adoption. If you're personally scared about battery life, then charge at home overnight. The tough guys desperately need power charging to get things done.
      Serious, the batteries have to be build to manage fast charging otherwise EVs are non-starters or pansy rides.
      Charging at McD, Wall Mart etc. - no thanks. Imo we need a (EU) nation wide net of clear visible fast charging stations. Using/extending the existing gas stations for that project would be just perfect.
        • 4 Years Ago
        "In Europe, SGTE Power [12], Epyon [13] and Evtronic [14] make fast chargers equipped with the latest CHAdeMO communication protocol."

        As to whether regions roll out DC fast chargers, it's a mixture of politics and business. Watch car companies that don't offer cars with DC fast charge campaign *against* them and in favor of "slap a domestic plug in a waterproof box" public charging stations; watch the Germans who won't offer EVs in volume until 2013 campaign for a different standard altogether (VDE-AR-E 2623-2-2 / IEC 62196-2.2 / "Mennekes") that has yet to define DC fast charge.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The benefit of an electric vehicle should be that you don't need to visit somewhere with the sole aim of recharging, but you would charge the vehicle the 90+% of the time that it is stationary, home, work, shopping and eating!
      • 4 Years Ago
      The hook is Murphy's are almost all located in Walmart parking lots.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I'm not sure that is necessarily a bad thing. It seems like Walmarts, Targets, grocery stores and the like might be a better place.

        As David M. said above, I'd rather not spend my time at a gas station...or petrol station on the other side of the pond ;-)

        We've developed this weird idea that going to a gas station is some kind of good thing. Why should we have to go out of the way of our normal errands just to get fuel for our car? Why can't I get fuel while I'm getting groceries? Or browsing at the book store?

        Ok, I'm not a Walmart fan, but you get the point.

      • 4 Years Ago
      Gas stations aren't going to be closing in the next few years for lack of business, not by a long shot. But gas stations seeking relevance in an era of widely owned EV's is like a business making wax phonograph cylinders telling someone that just bought an MP3 player they look forward to doing business with them.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I wouldn't fancy hanging around in a petrol station for half an hour - they have no facilities for it, they are designed around a 3 minute fill up.
      Fast chargers in Malls etc near on-ramps to highways would seem more suitable.
        • 4 Years Ago
        The problem with 30 minute charge at the mall is if people go off and shop, their cars will be sitting at the charging station for an extra hour or two.

        Merchants could put each charging station surrounded by four parking spaces. To my knowledge no one makes a DC fast charge that can recharge four cars at once (that's a mini electrical substation), but it could have four cables and only energize them one after another. Otherwise, you would wait until a car has finished recharging before unplugging it and plugging into your own; by design the charging cable doesn't lock to the vehicle in case of emergencies, and your EV's telematics will alert you if it is disconnected before it is fully charged.. That means social norms will have to change so that it's OK to fiddle with someone else's car, which provides cover for bad guys to mess with your car. I guess luxury environments could have a Charging Station Valet who oversees the queue of cars waiting for recharging. The social aspect of it all will be... interesting!

        The mall is better suited for slower level 2 charging. It's cheap enough that you could have charging stations at hundreds of spaces, and it *keeps* people at the shops -- "Car says it has another two hours to go, we MUST keep on shopping."
        • 4 Years Ago
        Hey David....cool mask :-)

        I agree. I think it will be at McDonald's, Taco Bell and places like
        that on the Interstate where you can stop and eat while your car gets
        a 20-30 minute fast charge. On the routes I'm driving, the Interstate
        gas stations are becoming super stores anyway where you get a combo
        Pizza Hut, Subway, Taco Bell, convenience store...oh yeah, you can get
        some gas while you're here. Those places are so obvious for EV
        chargers.

        In town, it will be Malls and grocery stores simply to draw in more
        traffic. Many people will be charging at home but there will be
        places like that who are trying to find ways to generate more traffic
        anyway, it just makes sense. How much do they spend on advertising
        to get you in the door already?

        Also, we have to figure out what works best for people who live in
        apartments or have to park on the street. They don't have access to
        plugs at home so what works best for them? I don't live that life
        style and don't know what would work best for that situation.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Hi Dave D
        I would imagine that supermarket chargers would work best for apartment dwellers etc, but they would need to be fast chargers and I think that it just has to be accepted that for some years the people who buy an EV will have access to charging at home, in the main.
        • 4 Years Ago
        You are the fastest petrol pumper around David Martin. It takes me 10 mins minimum to get 20 dollars pumped into my vehicle. If I was filling it up it would be 15 or 20 mins. Seems like none of the attendants will take your money at the pump. I always have to go inside to pay cash. A credit card would be faster but not cheaper. Has there ever been a line at the petrol station? I would love to smell some fumes while my EV is filling up. The smell of gas never repulsed me.

        • 4 Years Ago
        You've got seriously slow fuel pumps in the US!

        I can't see the problem with people staying too long at a swift charge point. If the rates for any stay over 30 minutes are high, then they will make sure they are back.

        Service stops are also a possibility. You leave your keys, go shopping and the car is washed and fully charged when you come back.
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