Home Depot on Wednesday started selling Level 2 electric-vehicle charging stations made by Illinois-based Schneider Electric on its website, as the world's biggest home-improvement retailer looks to capitalize on growing EV sales and the need for home-based chargers.

Schneider Electric's EVlink Indoor charging station (the middle one, in the picture above), which the retailer started selling at some of its California stores last month, is available on HomeDepot.com. The stations, which can fully recharge a Nissan Leaf in about eight hours, retail at Home Depot for $799 each.

More retailers are jumping into the EV charging station distribution market as a growing contingent of electric vehicle owners look to set up charging stations at home. Sears recently reached an agreement with Virginia-based Evatran to distribute that company's wireless EV charging stations through the retailer's home-installation division.

Overall, electric-vehicle owners worldwide will spend about $4.3 billion on electric-vehicle charging equipment by 2017, up more than tenfold from the $400 million spent last year, green-technology research firm Pike Research said in December. By 2017, more than 5.1 million plug-ins vehicles will have been sold worldwide, according to Pike Research.
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Schneider Electric's EVlink™ Indoor Electric Vehicle Charging Station Available on HomeDepot.com

PALATINE, Ill. – February 22, 2012 – Schneider Electric, a global specialist in energy management, today announced the availability of the EVlink™ Indoor Electric Vehicle (EV) charging station on HomeDepot.com. As part of Schneider Electric's comprehensive line of residential and commercial EV charging stations, the EVlink Indoor charging station is a compact, easy-to-install, safe and reliable Level 2 charging solution for charging all types of electric vehicles.

"Electric vehicle drivers are asking for the ability to purchase EVlink charging stations online," said Mike Calise, Director, Electric Vehicles, Power Business, Schneider Electric. "We are excited to work with The Home Depot to provide consumers a simple, point and click purchase option for buying our EV chargers."

Schneider Electric's EVlink Indoor charging station provides faster charging, easy operation, and universal EV compatibility, as well as unmatched safety and durability. Features include:

Faster charging features: Charges approximately four times faster than a standard 110 volt home outlet. With a full 30 Amp Level 2 charging rate, EVlink owners charge almost two times faster than other 16 Amp Level 2 charging stations.
Homeowner-friendly design: Sleek, space-saving design, LED charging indicator, and independent cord bracket for safe and convenient mounting options.
Delayed charging option: Enables users to delay charging for up to eight hours, in one hour increments, allowing them to take advantage of lower off-peak utility rates.
Advanced safety features: Integral ground fault monitoring and protection capabilities including auto reset provides additional user safety from power outages and lost connectivity.
Standards compliance: UL for US, cUL for Canada and NOM for Mexico listed and SAE J1772 compliance ensures universal compatibility with any electric vehicle entering the market today.

Schneider Electric's EVlink Indoor charging station is currently available through HomeDepot.com. For those interested in purchasing directly in stores, Schneider Electric and The Home Deport also launched in-store availability of the EVlink Indoor Charging Station at select California store locations in January 2012. The Home Depot currently carries Schneider Electric's Square D™ and Juno Lighting Group™ brand products in-stores and online. Schneider Electric recommends certified installation for all electrical equipment by a licensed electrical contractor.

For more information on Schneider Electric's products and solutions, please visit www.homedepot.com or www.scheider-electric.com/us

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For more information about EVlink charging solutions: http://www.schneider-electric.us/sites/us/en/solutions/energy-efficiency/electri c-vehicles/electric-vehicles.page
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About Schneider Electric

As a global specialist in energy management with operations in more than 100 countries, Schneider Electric offers integrated solutions across multiple market segments, including leadership positions in energy and infrastructure, industrial processes, building automation, and data centers/networks, as well as a broad presence in residential applications. Focused on making energy safe, reliable, and efficient, the company's 110,000 plus employees achieved sales of more than $26 billion in 2010, through an active commitment to help individuals and organizations "Make the most of their energy."

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