Eaton Charging Stations Drive Focus on Electric Vehicle Infrastructure at Plug-In 2011

Date: July 14, 2011

PITTSBURGH… Diversified industrial manufacturer Eaton Corporation recently announced it will showcase its full line of industry-leading electric vehicle (EV) charging technologies at the 2011 Plug-In Conference and Exposition in Raleigh, N.C., July 18-21, in booth 209. The charging units are part of Eaton's full range of products and services that provide important infrastructure for EVs. Eaton will also provide service to these stations through its national network of satellite manufacturing facilities and engineering service organization.

“Electric vehicle charging equipment will be the backbone of the infrastructure we need to create a cleaner transportation future with plug-in vehicles,” said John Wirtz, business unit manager, Electric Vehicle Infrastructure, Eaton’s Electrical Sector. “Eaton is bringing its leadership in sustainability, energy efficiency and power distribution to the electric vehicle supply equipment market and helping to build that critical infrastructure in North America.”

Eaton’s full line of charging technologies includes a Level 1, a Residential Level 2, a Commercial/Fleet Level 2, and a 50 kilowatt (kW) DC Quick Charger complemented by an EV Simulator for testing after installation and a network management software suite.

In 2010, Eaton provided the City of Raleigh with three high-speed Pow-R-Station Level 2 charging stations, located in the downtown area. The units have a 220-volt plug that only takes four to six hours to fully recharge an extremely low battery. By September 2011, Raleigh plans to install up to 30 public EV charging stations as part of the city’s rollout of plug-in electric vehicles. Eaton has also participated in the Plug-In Carolina initiative, which enabled deployment of charging station installations throughout South Carolina. Additional charging stations will be installed in August in Charleston, Conway, and Myrtle Beach, S.C.

Eaton is also collaborating with Mitsubishi Motors North America, Inc., (MMNA) and the nation’s largest electronics retailer and tech services provider, Best Buy Co., Inc., to help facilitate and enhance electric vehicle ownership for the automotive consumer by providing chargers for Mitsubishi’s MiEV vehicle, which goes on sale in the fall of 2011. In addition, Eaton will provide both the electrical infrastructural support and Level 2 chargers to MMNA’s dealerships.

Plug In 2011 is an interactive international gathering of automotive manufacturers, component suppliers, electric utilities, government agencies, the environmental community, and academia. The conference will include expert discussions regarding infrastructure, market research, policy initiatives, and commercialization.
  
For more than 20 years, Eaton has been developing innovative electrical and hybrid power systems for commercial vehicles. In fact, Eaton is the only company to offer hybrid-electric and hybrid-hydraulic systems for commercial vehicle applications, as well as the charging and networked charging management infrastructure for commercial and residential applications. Eaton offers a complete line of electric vehicle chargers for residential and industrial applications, and has a presence in communities across North America. For more information, visit www.eaton.com/plugin.

Eaton’s electrical business is a global leader in power distribution, power quality, control and automation, and monitoring products and services. Eaton’s global electrical product series, including Cutler-Hammer®, Moeller®, Powerware®, Holec®, MEM®, and Santak® provide customer-driven solutions to serve the power system needs of the data center, industrial, institutional, public sector, utility, commercial, residential, IT, mission critical, alternative energy and OEM markets worldwide.

Eaton Corporation is a diversified power management company with 2010 sales of $13.7 billion. Celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2011, 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. For more information, visit www.eaton.com.