Imagine how convenient it would be if you could simply fill up your future electric vehicle (EV) at the gas station down the road, across town, or perhaps even the one that's located right off the exit ramp of your local expressway. Now, that's convenient charging that could push EVs to mass adoption, right? Well, that's the plan of Eaton Corporation and Murphy Oil USA. The duo have teamed up to demonstrate the benefits of fast, convenient charging located within the familiar environment of traditional gas stations.

Eaton, makers of the Level 3 DC Quick Charger, and Murphy Oil USA, a leading fuel provider that operates more than 1,000 gas stations in 22 states and agreed yesterday to pay $143 million for pollution control violations, will kick off a pilot program in Tennessee aimed at addressing the range anxiety issues that surround EVs. The companies expressed concerns regarding the limited availability and visibility of charging stations and firmly believe, as do we, that access to chargers will boost adoption of EVs. After the initial test is complete, the collaborative team will evaluate the success and seek out ways to expand the program.

[Source: Eaton Corporation, Reuters]


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Eaton and Murphy Oil USA Team Up to Expand Electric Vehicle Charging Network


PITTSBURGH--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Diversified industrial manufacturer Eaton Corporation and Murphy Oil USA, Inc., a leading fuel provider operating more than 1,000 retail gasoline stations across 22 states, today announced a joint collaboration designed to demonstrate to electric vehicle drivers the benefits of fast, convenient charging within the familiar environment of a traditional gas station.

"Eaton is focused on creating innovative and affordable technologies that help customers reduce their impact on the environment"

After an initial test phase at a location in Tennessee, Eaton and Murphy Oil USA will evaluate ways to expand the program and utilize the combined capabilities of their organizations to help make charging stations widely available.

"Murphy Oil USA is committed to being a pioneer and early adopter of alternative fuels and Green Energy. Through our collaboration with Eaton, we are paving the way for development of the infrastructure leading to adoption and expanded of use of Electric Vehicles," said Hank Heithaus, president, Retail Marketing, Murphy Oil USA.

The collaboration will attempt to address the "range anxiety" electric vehicle drivers currently face due to the limited availability and visibility of installed and operating charging stations. The demonstration project will ultimately include Murphy Oil USA's installation and use of Eaton's DC Quick Chargers, based upon the company's well recognized quality and safety records as well as the reach of its service organization.

"Eaton is focused on creating innovative and affordable technologies that help customers reduce their impact on the environment," said Richard Stinson, president, Power Distribution Operations – Americas, Eaton's Electrical Sector. "Eaton offers a complete line of electric vehicle chargers for residential and industrial application and has a presence in communities across North America. We are excited about collaborating with Murphy Oil USA to deliver this clean technology within an environment that the consumers are very comfortable with."

Eaton has developed electrical and hybrid power systems for trucks and buses for more than 20 years. Eaton is the only company to offer hybrid-electric, as well as two hybrid hydraulic system technologies, and the charging and networked charging infrastructure for commercial and residential applications. For more information, visit www.eaton.com/plugin.

Murphy Oil USA, Inc. is a leading provider of quality fuels and convenience store services in the United States, operating more than 1000 retail gasoline stations across 22 states under the Murphy USA® and Murphy Express brands. Murphy Oil USA, Inc. also owns and operates a network of 12 terminals that provide, along with third-party terminals, fuel supply to retail and branded wholesale stations throughout 24 states. For more information visit www.murphyusa.com

Eaton's electrical business is a global leader in power distribution, power quality, control and industrial automation products and services. Eaton's global electrical product lines, including Cutler-Hammer®, Moeller®, Powerware®, Holec®, MEM®, Santak®, and MGE Office Protection Systems™ provide customer-driven PowerChain Management® solutions to serve the power system needs of the data center, industrial, institutional, government, utility, commercial, residential, and OEM markets worldwide. For more information, visit www.eaton.com.

Eaton Corporation is a diversified power management company with 2009 sales of $11.9 billion. Eaton is a global technology leader in electrical components and systems for power quality, distribution and control; hydraulics components, systems and services for industrial and mobile equipment; aerospace fuel, hydraulics and pneumatic systems for commercial and military use; and truck and automotive drivetrain and powertrain systems for performance, fuel economy and safety. Eaton has approximately 70,000 employees and sells products to customers in more than 150 countries.