Schneider Electric launches new charger to boost EV infrastructure

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Energy management and automation leader Schneider Electric has released its newest charger station dubbed, “EVlink Pro AC” to meet the rising demand for electric vehicles and charging infrastructure. 

In a news release, the company said the new charging station has been built particularly for future sustainable and efficient structures, such as hospitals, retail businesses, and multi-unit residences. 

The redesigned charging station also promotes reduced energy usage, increased uptime and efficiency, and promotes a consistent user experience for EV installers, operators, and drivers. 

The new charger, the newest addition to Schneider Electric’s EVlink lineup, comes on the heels of a 65 per cent year-on-year rise in EV sales in 2022.

The EVlink Pro AC not only provides a sustainable and dependable charging alternative for drivers, but it also enables design freedom for builders and contractors.

The scalable, modular design with TS2 socket, or connected 5m cable, comprises wall-mounted and floor-standing variants, allowing it to be tailored to diverse installation requirements.

Farokh Ghadially, vice president of Channel & Partner at Schneider Electric, said that the popularity of electric vehicles has surged rapidly in recent years and will continue to expand as Australia strives towards net zero emissions.

“As such, it’s critical that EV infrastructure keeps pace with consumer demand. For electricians and builders, this means becoming the trusted professionals guiding Australian construction through this change,” Ghadially remarked. 

He added that while the government intends to provide many more public charging stations, destination charging will become the standard if electric vehicles become the primary means of mobility.

“We will charge at destinations like offices, shops, restaurants, parking garages, schools, hospitals, movie theatres, and bowling alleys. People will no longer stop to charge; they’ll charge where they stop,” noted Ghadially.

Schneider Electric’s EcoStruxure EV Charging Expert, which monitors, regulates, and optimises EV charging based on the available power, is also compatible with EVlink Pro AC. 

In a broader sense, the EcoStruxure platform also gives companies the ability to integrate their entire digital ecosystem in a single location. 

Because of this, companies can gather and analyse crucial data in real-time to better understand, control, and lower their energy use, Schneider said. 

“This launch brings the high-quality, innovative technology of our existing residential range, like the integrated DC leakage protection, to commercial property solutions while adapting for the constant usage and unique needs of publicly available charging infrastructure,” explained Ghadially.

The EVlink Pro AC charging solution, which is currently available, will enable charging options for contractors that give services to developers across all sorts of commercial property.