Schneider Electric Accelerates the EV Transition with Faster, Smarter, More Reliable Charging Solutions

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ByCraig Resnick
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Schneider Electric announced new eMobility solutions to help address one of the biggest challenges to electric vehicle (EV) adoption. These solutions can help to improve the reliability, speed, and convenience of EV charging in homes, workplaces and on the trips.

Reliable Charging Solutions

The company’s three new entries in the eMobility space include EVlink Pro DC 180kW charging stations, its scalable charging solution for commercial environments; Schneider Charge, its new EV charging station for homes; and EcoStruxure for eMobility EV Advisor, an EV charging management platform which will help to improve charging station uptime and performance.

Schneider Electric’s new solutions will help allow operators to more effectively manage, monitor and maintain reliable charging infrastructure, helping to meet the forecasted need for hundreds of millions of charging connectors by 2040.

Managing charging networks, minimizing downtime

More than 60% of consumers globally cite concerns over charging infrastructure as a significant barrier to EV uptake. EcoStruxure for eMobility EV Advisor helps to address these concerns by helping to minimize charge station downtime. With real-time monitoring, analytics and remote management capabilities, this new software-as-a-service offering helps to give charge station operators additional insights into performance, energy consumption and operational efficiency. Issues can then be more swiftly addressed, helping to maintain power reliability and provide a more convenient experience for EV drivers.

EV Advisor helps business owners and operators to reduce operational costs and time dedicated to managing EV charging systems. Businesses can better control and optimize system energy use across multiple sites, which can improve revenue streams from charging.

A connected interface also allows for a more efficient collection of payments from EV drivers. By addressing key pain points, EV Advisor enables businesses and operators to more effectively manage their networks, helping to meet sustainability targets while creating a more hassle-free experience for EV owners. EVAdvisor is available in the UK, Ireland, Denmark, France, Germany, Switzerland, and Austria, with plans for further expansion soon.

Charge to 80% in just 20 minutes

With nearly 90% of EV charging expected to take place in buildings, Schneider Electric also announced EVlink Pro DC, a fast-charging station for commercial and industrial built environments. Scalable from 120kW to 180kW, EVlink Pro DC helps to maximize energy efficiency and minimize electrical costs through dynamic power allocation. This helps to balance the amount of energy delivered to each vehicle according to need, helping to reduce power loss across charging stations. The EVlink Pro DC 180kW helps vehicles to reach 80% charge in often only 20 minutes, better optimizing energy use and shortening the time needed to get fleet vehicles back on the road.

EV Link Pro DC will be available throughout Europe, as well as the Middle East, Africa, APAC and East Asia, by the end of the year.

State-of-the-art home EV charging

Schneider Charge, a smart EV charging station for homes, has been designed for greater ease of use, flexibility, safety, and efficiency in mind. With only just over half (51%) of EV owners worldwide having a charger at home, Schneider Charge offers a solution that is more robust, cost-effective, and simpler to install.

Through remote operation through the Wiser mobile app, or other EV charging apps, users can more easily schedule, monitor, and adapt charging times while taking advantage of the most optimimum times to avoid high tariffs and intuitively charge when electricity rates are lower. Schneider Charge also offers peace added of mind with an anti-trip system, allowing EV charging without overloading or disrupting the power supply.

Schneider Charge will be made available throughout Europe, as well as Australia, New Zealand and parts of Asia by the end of the year.

Skilled labor, from start to finish

Reliable charging infrastructure is critical to accelerating EV adoption, but it requires skilled labor to install and maintain it. Schneider Electric also announced the expansion of its North America partner, Qmerit, the provider of distributed workforce management for EV charging, to European markets. Qmerit will help to connect customers with a network of expert professional installers, providing on-site support to help ensure easier setup of charging infrastructure. This will help to strengthen Schneider Electric’s worldwide network of technicians who are committed to helping improve the performance of EV infrastructure and keeping assets running safely and efficiently.

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