Schneider Electric supports EV infrastructure push with new charger

by Sophie Berrill
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Schneider Electric EVlink Pro AC

Schneider Electric, a global leader in the digital transformation of energy management and automation, has announced the launch of the EVlink Pro AC to support the growing demand for electric vehicles (EV) and charging infrastructure. 

While Australia has been slower than other countries to adopt electric vehicles, quarterly sales data from March showed EVs overtook petrol-driven vehicles in the medium-sized car category for the first time on record. This also coincided with the launch of the Federal Government’s National Electric Vehicle Strategy, which sets out a vision to boost the uptake of EVs.

Footage of long queues for publicly available EV chargers has highlighted the urgent need for infrastructure to keep up with consumer demand. 

 

Encouragingly, according to the EV Council’s ‘Industry Recap’, public chargers increased from 3413 in 2021 to 4943 in 2022, with fast chargers up from 231 to 365 during the same period. FMs are also starting to support tenants with the necessary infrastructure needed for our electric future.

“Current EV owners do most of their charging at home, but buildings will take on a larger share of the burden as EVs take hold of the car market,” says Schneider Electric vice president channel and partners Farokh Ghadially.

“While government plans to construct many more public charging options, destination charging will become the norm once EVs become the dominant mode of transportation. 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.”

The EVlink Pro AC

From hospitals to retail stores and multi-unit dwellings, Schneider Electric’s new charging station has been designed specifically for sustainable and efficient buildings of the future. The EVlink Pro AC supports optimised energy consumption, maximised uptime and efficiency, and helps ensure a seamless user experience for EV installers, operators, and drivers. 

The new charger is the latest addition to Schneider Electric’s EVlink range. As well as being a sustainable and reliable charging option for drivers, the EVlink Pro AC also provides design flexibility for builders and contractors. The scalable, modular design with TS2 socket (or attached five-metre cable) includes wall-mounted or floor-standing options, giving it a customisable look and feel for different installation needs. 

Schneider Electric EVlink Pro AC

The new EVlink Pro AC.

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

More broadly, the EcoStruxure platform enables a business to connect its entire digital ecosystem in one space. This allows for the collection and analysis of critical data in real-time so that a business can better understand, manage and reduce its energy consumption. 

“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,” says Ghadially. 

“For electricians, this means they can work on more projects, safe in the knowledge that they can rely on Schneider Electric’s superior products and support.”

Read more about Australia’s new National Electric Vehicle Strategy.

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