Schneider rolls out new EV charger for home use

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French power electronics company Schneider Electric announced the Australian launch of a new electric vehicle (EV) charger with new features aimed at making at-home charging easier to install and more cost-effective to use.

The new EVlink Home charger, the latest addition to Schneider Electric’s EVlink portfolio, includes anti-tripping functionality through its optional peak controller without risk of outage for homeowners, the company said in a media release. 

This also ensures homeowners can operate multiple devices on the home power system, such as dishwashers, aircon, and pool pumps, while charging the car at the same time, all without fear of a power supply failure.

The launch of the charger comes as the sales of EVs in Australia increased by 65 per cent in 2022 compared to the previous year.

Chris Kerr, vice president of Schneider Electric’s Home and Distribution business and Clipsal brand in Australia, stated that as more Australians switch to EVs to minimise carbon emissions, demand for cutting-edge, cheap gadgets that can be used from home will grow.

He said, “Electric vehicles can have a profound impact on users’ carbon emissions, so it’s tremendously encouraging to see how many Australians are opting for electric.”

Kerr went on to emphasise that electricians are becoming trusted professionals, guiding them and ensuring the most efficient and safe installation.

According to Schneider Electric, market growth and increased demand also presents a significant opportunity for electricians to expand their services and build their businesses. 

Thus, the EVlink Home charger is another addition to the portfolio of services electricians can offer their customers. 

“The EVlink Home has been built with an easy-install process, safety systems, and cost-effective charging solution, which means that electricians will be able to support even more homeowners, giving Aussies greater access to sustainable solutions,” added Kerr. 

Schneider said the charger, which is available for homeowners to purchase now, also features integrated RDC-DD protection, meaning it requires only a Type A circuit protection in the distribution board, a safer and more affordable alternative to Type B protection.