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Schneider Legrand and Scame form EV Plug Alliance


March 20, 2010
By Anthony Capkun

Schneider Electric, Legrand and Scame are forming the EV Plug Alliance to promote the use of a “high safety plug and socket solution” for electric vehicle (EV) charge infrastructure.

The alliance aims to provide a label that guarantees full compliance
with the Type 3 of the IEC standard for plug and socket in finalization.
The plug endorsed by the alliance will ensure compatibility between
multiple suppliers’ products, say the partners, and will “offer the
highest level of safety with the use of shutters to protect against
accidental touch of electric parts”.

“The EV Plug Alliance is open to any new member, and our first challenge
is to gather as many actors concerned as possible. The more we enlarge
the alliance, the more chances we will have to create an ecosystem with
one strong standard, easing development of solutions and practical
applications to revolutionize the electric vehicle charge,” said the
three co-founders of the EV Plug Alliance: Philippe Delorme, executive
vice-president strategy & innovation of Schneider Electric;
Jean-Charles Thuard, executive vice-president strategy & development
of Legrand; and Giampiero Camilli, marketing & product development
director of Scame.

The first products labelled by the EV Plug Alliance are expected to be
available at the end of second quarter 2010.