Home Depot on Wednesday started selling Level 2 electric-vehicle charging stations made by Illinois-based Schneider Electric on its website, as the world's biggest home-improvement retailer looks to capitalize on growing EV sales and the need for home-based chargers.

Schneider Electric's EVlink Indoor charging station (the middle one, in the picture above), which the retailer started selling at some of its California stores last month, is available on HomeDepot.com. The stations, which can fully recharge a Nissan Leaf in about eight hours, retail at Home Depot for $799 each.

More retailers are jumping into the EV charging station distribution market as a growing contingent of electric vehicle owners look to set up charging stations at home. Sears recently reached an agreement with Virginia-based Evatran to distribute that company's wireless EV charging stations through the retailer's home-installation division.

Overall, electric-vehicle owners worldwide will spend about $4.3 billion on electric-vehicle charging equipment by 2017, up more than tenfold from the $400 million spent last year, green-technology research firm Pike Research said in December. By 2017, more than 5.1 million plug-ins vehicles will have been sold worldwide, according to Pike Research.
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Schneider Electric's EVlink™ Indoor Electric Vehicle Charging Station Available on HomeDepot.com

PALATINE, Ill. – February 22, 2012 – Schneider Electric, a global specialist in energy management, today announced the availability of the EVlink™ Indoor Electric Vehicle (EV) charging station on HomeDepot.com. As part of Schneider Electric's comprehensive line of residential and commercial EV charging stations, the EVlink Indoor charging station is a compact, easy-to-install, safe and reliable Level 2 charging solution for charging all types of electric vehicles.

"Electric vehicle drivers are asking for the ability to purchase EVlink charging stations online," said Mike Calise, Director, Electric Vehicles, Power Business, Schneider Electric. "We are excited to work with The Home Depot to provide consumers a simple, point and click purchase option for buying our EV chargers."

Schneider Electric's EVlink Indoor charging station provides faster charging, easy operation, and universal EV compatibility, as well as unmatched safety and durability. Features include:

Faster charging features: Charges approximately four times faster than a standard 110 volt home outlet. With a full 30 Amp Level 2 charging rate, EVlink owners charge almost two times faster than other 16 Amp Level 2 charging stations.
Homeowner-friendly design: Sleek, space-saving design, LED charging indicator, and independent cord bracket for safe and convenient mounting options.
Delayed charging option: Enables users to delay charging for up to eight hours, in one hour increments, allowing them to take advantage of lower off-peak utility rates.
Advanced safety features: Integral ground fault monitoring and protection capabilities including auto reset provides additional user safety from power outages and lost connectivity.
Standards compliance: UL for US, cUL for Canada and NOM for Mexico listed and SAE J1772 compliance ensures universal compatibility with any electric vehicle entering the market today.

Schneider Electric's EVlink Indoor charging station is currently available through HomeDepot.com. For those interested in purchasing directly in stores, Schneider Electric and The Home Deport also launched in-store availability of the EVlink Indoor Charging Station at select California store locations in January 2012. The Home Depot currently carries Schneider Electric's Square D™ and Juno Lighting Group™ brand products in-stores and online. Schneider Electric recommends certified installation for all electrical equipment by a licensed electrical contractor.

For more information on Schneider Electric's products and solutions, please visit www.homedepot.com or www.scheider-electric.com/us

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For more info or to purchase the EVlink Indoor Charging Station from HomeDepot.com: http://www.homedepot.com/h_d1/N-5yc1v/R-202963679/h_d2/ProductDisplay?langId=-1& storeId=10051&catalogId=10053
For more information about EVlink charging solutions: http://www.schneider-electric.us/sites/us/en/solutions/energy-efficiency/electri c-vehicles/electric-vehicles.page
Learn about and locate a Schneider Electric EcoXpert certified installer: www.schneider-electric.us/go/ecoxpert
Follow Schneider Electric at: http://twitter.com/schneiderna

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 centers/networks, as well as a broad presence in residential applications. Focused on making energy safe, reliable, and efficient, the company's 110,000 plus employees achieved sales of more than $26 billion in 2010, through an active commitment to help individuals and organizations "Make the most of their energy."

www.schneider-electric.com/us


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      Peter
      • 3 Years Ago
      While variety is the spice of life, why would you buy this one versus the one that you can purchase from your Leaf or Volt dealer?
        solas
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Peter
        Any charger available in this area was for "free" ... from Blink: a Rolls-Royce of a charger with a brain worse than a chicken. This is because, all it really needs to do is a) eat (charge) b) flee (detect faults) c) sleep (not charge) ... and, instead, all it can do is wedge the [linux] kernel on a regular basis. Let's hope it improves. Fortunately, I haven't seen any chicken pellets under the charger yet. In any case: There are not "regular" choices from all dealers, some not at all. for a spare charger @ the right cost ....
        solas
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Peter
        Any charger available in this area was for "free" ... from Blink: a Rolls-Royce of a charger with a brain worse than a chicken. This is because, all it really needs to do is a) eat (charge) b) flee (detect faults) c) sleep (not charge) ... and, instead, all it can do is wedge the [linux] kernel on a regular basis. Let's hope it improves. Fortunately, I haven't seen any chicken pellets under the charger yet. In any case: There are not "regular" choices from all dealers, some not at all. for a spare charger @ the right cost ....
          StevenG
          • 3 Years Ago
          @solas
          haha, yeah my Blink charger rebooted itself during setup many times, I don't trust it to charge my Volt, I let the Volt handle the charging schedule. There is a reason the Blink charger is "free"...
      StevenG
      • 3 Years Ago
      $799 is ridiculous, have you ever looked inside one of these things? Its less complicated than a programmable thermostat. They should retail for $199 or less, its nothing more than an automated relay, its not a charger at all.
        mustang_sallad
        • 3 Years Ago
        @StevenG
        Obviously you didn't look close enough. I agree they are overpriced, but it's not as simple as an automated relay, and the contactors alone probably cost around $150. The unit contains the pilot signal generator, which sends out a 1000Hz PWM signal to communicate the max allowable AC current draw to the vehicle. It also monitors voltage thresholds on that pilot signal which are pulled down by the vehicle as a signal to engage the AC contactors when the vehicle is ready for it. They contain ground monitoring equipment. They're designed for 10,000+ charge cycles. They're UL certified. Overpriced, yes, but not by as much as you think.
          Dan Frederiksen
          • 3 Years Ago
          @mustang_sallad
          once the sheepish gas nozzle mentality subsides and manufacturers get over the novelty, we might also see plugs that are much more rational in design. as subuptimal as J1772 is, you can comply with it with a much smaller plug. think a lump like on a vacuum cleaner cord instead of the large pistol it is now. a light ergonomic ribbing on the cord base will offer plenty grip and a thumb pad for pressing in.
          MTN RANGER
          • 3 Years Ago
          @mustang_sallad
          Another big cost is the thick copper 20' cable and the J1772 connector. Once the connectors become cheaper and with increased competition, there is no reason these EVSEs should cost more than $200.
          StevenG
          • 3 Years Ago
          @mustang_sallad
          The signal generator you're talking about doesn't cost more than $5 in parts. The most expensive parts are: the relay, the 20ft cable, the J1772 plug. It sends a pulsed signal indicating amperage capacity and senses 3 distinct voltages from the car, I'm well aware of how they work. And nothing you've said justifies $799. You can build one yourself for $350 in parts, and it only costs that much because the J1772 plug is around $175, which is ridiculous for an injection molded piece of plastic, its as exotic as a vacuum cleaner attachment. Subsidies are distorting the market for these things, and I say that as a Volt owner with a "free" "charger" (aka relay).
      Spec
      • 3 Years Ago
      Glad to see chargers get into the mainstream market . . . but that is a weak start. They need to get much cheaper than that.
      Mike
      • 3 Years Ago
      A simple search for "Level 2" at Homedepot.com shows the following Level 2 EVSE's: GE Wattstation (40A) $999 Schneider EVlink (30A) $799 Leviton EVR-Green (16A) $999 Legrand (16A) $749 To be fair, Lowes.com also shows the Wattstation and EVlink for sale at the same prices as Home Depot. Although they have the EVlink listed under Square D brand. Any of them should be fine for a Leaf or Volt owner since they are limited to about 16 amps charging current. However, if you want to take advantage of the higher charging rate on a Focus EV, you should step up to at least the Schneider unit. Personally, I like the Wattstation and feel the higher capacity partially justifies the higher prices. The asking price of the Leviton unit is out of line considering its appearance and low current capacity.
      EJ
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'm slightly confused by the 'started selling Level 2 electric-vehicle charging stations made by Illinois-based Schneider Electric on its website...' since I bought my Schneider from the HomeDepot website in Early January, and it's been charging my Leaf ever since.
      paulwesterberg
      • 3 Years Ago
      Reading the reviews on the Home depot site it seems like it works fine with the volt and the leaf, but a Tesla owner had problems because the charging draw was too great even though the unit is specified to work up to 30amps. It looks like a decently cheap charger for the first generation of vehicles, but I would rather buy a charger that can charging at higher kW.
      Kevin Gregerson
      • 3 Years Ago
      I don't know if anyone noticed, but they also sell them in the stores. Right now only a Select number of SF Bay Area California stores for 799.99
      • 3 Years Ago
      Good news. Having more companies producing EV tech, we're bound to get good developments on the technology. Cheers. Juan Miguel Ruiz GreenJoyment.com
      Dan Frederiksen
      • 3 Years Ago
      only 750$ for an extension cord. it's a bargain. I suppose it is an improvement from the 3 or 5 thousand they wanted a year ago. a 32A j1772 charge station should cost 100$ retail plus raw cost of however much copper wire you want
        StevenG
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Dan Frederiksen
        Yes, subsidies are distorting the prices to a ridiculous level, and I say that as Volt owner with a "free" charger.
          Dan Frederiksen
          • 3 Years Ago
          @StevenG
          nice, thanks. certainly doesn't look expensive and I think it could be much simpler still
          StevenG
          • 3 Years Ago
          @StevenG
          All chargers are subsidized with a 30% tax break. Some chargers, like the one I have, are completely free through various DOE programs. The charger I have a is a buggy piece of junk that supposedly sells for $2,000. If I had to pay even $1 for it of my own money, I'd send it back, but taxpayers are paying $2,000 for it. Even the Voltec unit for $490 is a ripoff, which I think is the cheapest L2 charger, is a ripoff.
          StevenG
          • 3 Years Ago
          @StevenG
          Here is the inside of a Voltec charger, you'll notice the circuit board is mostly empty. http://s.co.tt/blog/wp-content/uploads/2011/06/IMG_6788-1024x768.jpg
          Dan Frederiksen
          • 3 Years Ago
          @StevenG
          you can bust it open and take pictures and show what's inside
          Dan Frederiksen
          • 3 Years Ago
          @StevenG
          are charge stations subsidized? even if they are I don't think that's why. it strikes me more as a novelty penalty. same as how the first DVD players were super expensive, how the first electric cars are and now these. nothing changed in cost since last year to explain the drop from 3000 to 750. it's not like a 32amp relay suddenly became cheaper to make or copper dropped in price. it's just the mentality. the curious short sighted mindlessness. they say the market is only 1000 connectors the first year, that means the plug should cost 500$. it's that stupid. they don't stop to think that the market would explode if only the product was cost based. it's terrible. they end up sellling them for 100$ anyway, they just wasted 5 years for the whole world. they would like to sell the plugs for 500$ a piece forever and at some level they think it will happen. but of course it doesn't
      hodad66
      • 3 Years Ago
      Purchased mine (middle in photo) last August from Home Depot. It has been working perfectly on my Volt ever since.
        solas
        • 3 Years Ago
        @hodad66
        Of course it did. The real question is: has your Volt gone up in flames yet? (drum roll, rim shot) ... OK I just couldn't resist. I am now as guilty as ABG at "cheap" posts ....
          hodad66
          • 3 Years Ago
          @solas
          well, I haven't had any major side impacts...... but if I do I'll be sure to sit in the car for three weeks just so as to not miss anything.... ;-)
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