Leviton Introduces Portable Charger for Electric Cars
Melville, New York -- Leviton today announced the Evr-GreenTM 120 Level 1 Portable Charger, which allows drivers to charge a plug-in vehicle anywhere a standard outlet is available, has received Underwriters Laboratories Inc.® (UL) Listing for Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment (EVSE) in the United States and Canada.
Available for purchase this spring, the charger is part of Leviton’s Evr-Green line of residential, commercial and public charging equipment. The Portable Charger can be plugged into any standard 15-amp or 20-amp, 125-volt grounded receptacle found in almost all homes, buildings and public facilities. The charger allows drivers to charge an electric vehicle at home, or to take the charger with them, allowing them to plug in at stops along the way or when they arrive at their destination.
Evr-Green chargers comply with all industry standards, including the current National Electrical Code®. Assembled in the United States, the chargers are backed by a three-year warranty, and are compatible with all major automakers’ plug-in vehicles (SAE J1772TM compliant).
“Consumers look to UL as a leading resource for safety information and we’re proud that our Evr-Green 120 Level 1 Portable Charger meets the demanding UL product safety testing requirements. With the Portable Charger’s UL listing, we continue to provide our customers with the highest-quality, safest and most sustainable products on the market,” said Mike Mattei, vice president and general manager for Leviton’s Commercial and Industrial Division. “The Portable Charger, which consumers can pack and take with them, eases ‘range anxiety’ concerns by allowing drivers to recharge nearly anywhere there is an outlet.”
A convenient handle and a cord management system allow for easy transport and storage. The portable cord set also has a selectable charge rate to minimize circuit overload.
In addition, a watertight, dust-tight and corrosion-resistant enclosure provides for indoor/outdoor use. The enclosure is constructed with an eco-friendly PBT resin that features a 50 percent to 85 percent lower carbon footprint than other thermoplastics. The patent pending design also has a dockable holder for the J1772 charge connector. This holder enables consumers to conveniently store the connector.
“We conducted extensive primary and secondary market research in the design and development of the Evr-Green 120 Level 1 Portable Charger,” said Manoj Karwa, project leader, Leviton EVSE Programs. “Our goal was to use environmentally friendly components and develop an enhanced ergonomic design to provide consumers with a product that delivers exceptional electrical, mechanical and aesthetic performance.”
The Evr-Green product line has been specifically developed to meet stringent automotive quality, product development and testing requirements. The products are planned to be available through multiple channels including electrical distributors, retail, online and through automakers in 2011.
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