Leviton and Ford receive UL certification for Focus home charging station
By Anthony Capkun
October 11, 2011 – Leviton and Ford Motor Co. announced the new Ford electric vehicle (EV) home charging station has achieved UL certification for UL 2231, UL 2251 and UL 2594. The Level 2 EV charging device—designed exclusively for Ford—is also compatible with all additional industry safety standards and recommended practices, including SAE J1772 and NEC 625.
The Ford EV home charging station provides up to 32 amps at 240vAC (7.7-kW output), fully charging a Ford Focus Electric’s battery in a little over three hours. A ground monitor circuit and built-in communication verifies proper connection before charging can commence. The device’s Auto-Restart feature enables charging to restart following a minor fault, thereby reducing the chance of being stranded with an undercharged battery. With a weatherproof NEMA Type 4 enclosure, the device is safe for both indoor and outdoor use. (A non-permanent plug-in installation is ideal for indoor applications, say the partners, while a hard-wired conversion kit is available for outdoor locations.)
“Charging is one of the most important components of owning an electric vehicle, so it was crucial to develop a charging station that made ownership easier and more affordable for Focus Electric owners,” said Mike Tinskey, associate director for Ford’s Global Electric Vehicle Infrastructure. “Through our partnership with Leviton, we utilized our collective electrical expertise to specifically design the EV home charging station to meet stringent automotive quality, product development and testing requirements that will allow Focus Electric owners to charge with ease.”