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EV Plug Alliance announces availability of products and new members


Citelum, DBT, FCI, Leoni, Nexans, Sagemcom, Tyco Electronics join the Alliance formed by Legrand, Scame & Schneider Electric to promote a high-safety plug and socket-outlet solution for Electric Vehicle infrastructure.

The EV Plug Alliance announced today that Citelum, DBT, FCI, Leoni, Nexans, Sagemcom, and Tyco Electronics join Legrand, Scame, Schneider Electric, Gewiss, Maréchal Electric, Radiall, Vimar, Weidmüller France and Yazaki Europe as members of the Alliance. Established at the end of March 2010 by Schneider Electric, Legrand & Scame, the EV Plug Alliance aims to promote the use of a high-safety plug and socket-outlet solution for Electric Vehicle charge infrastructure.

This second extension of the EV Plug Alliance confirms the importance of the proposal made by the Alliance to rapidly converge towards a standardized solution to connect Electric Vehicles in Europe. New members will contribute to the creation of an eco-system with a recognized standard, accelerating development and adoption of solutions and practical applications to revolutionize the Electric Vehicle charge.

Early July 2010, the Alliance has completed the test of products from several partners. The entire test file defined in the project of the IEC draft standard CD 62196-2 has been passed successfully. EV Plug Alliance products are now available on the market.

Installed on the infrastructure side, the plug and socket-outlet system endorsed by the Alliance ensure compatibility between multiple suppliers’ products. It allows electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids to recharge up to 22 kW in single or three-phase. The socket-outlet and the plug fitted with a shutter offer the highest level of safety against accidental contact with electric parts and are fully compliant with the forthcoming IEC standard for EV plug and socket-out.

The EV Plug Alliance will be present at the Paris Auto Show, from October 2 to 17, 2010 (Hall 2.1, Booth #441).

About Legrand
Legrand Group is the global specialist in electrical and digital building Infrastructures. Its comprehensive ranges for use in commercial, industrial and residential markets makes it a benchmark for suppliers worldwide. Innovation for a steady flow of new products with high-added value is a prime vector for growth. Legrand reported sales of €3.6 billion in 2009. The company is listed on Euronext and is a component stock of indexes including the SBF120. FTSE4Good, MSCI World and ASPI.

About Scame
SCAME is a worldwide Company that produces electric material for low voltage applications. The range of products is divided into four “sections” (Industrial Products; Distributions Boards and Consumer Units; Accessories for Electrical Plants and Products for Domestic Applications). SCAME has been involved for more than 10 years in the development of connectors for Electrical Vehicles, participating in Italian and International Committees in order to define international standards for couplers and re-charging systems for EVs.

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 centres/networks, as well as a broad presence in residential applications. Focused on making energy safe, reliable, and efficient, the company’s 100,000+ employees achieved sales of more than 15.8 billion euros in 2009, through an active commitment to help individuals and organisations “Make the most of their energy”.

About Citelum
Present in 22 countries, CITELUM is a leading world player in urban lighting management and urban electrical equipment operation. Within a global comprehensive approach CITELUM manage more than 2.2 millions lighting points worldwide and operates different urban equipment as videosurveillance, Wifi hotspots, electronic information boards, access management equipments and EV recharge systems. CITELUM is leading the TeleWatt project which aims at developing an EV recharge system based on public lighting network.

About DBT
European leader in E.V charging systems, DBT’s range of activities also includes conceiving, manufacturing and distributing current transformers, energy supply units for public spaces, retractable access control bollards and deterrent systems. DBT charging units range from Level I to Level III (low to fast charge: 8 hours to under 30 minutes) and allow all types of vehicles to be recharged (cars, two-wheelers, lorries…). For 20 years, DBT has been committed to adapting its products to fit each client particular needs, engineering and design wise. With a total of 6 000 charging units installed around the globe, DBT currently has the largest functioning pool in the world.

About FCI
With 12,000 employees in 30 countries and sales of 935 million Euros in 2009, FCI is a global manufacturer of connectors for various markets such as automotive, telecommunications infrastructure, consumer and industrial electronics. FCI Motorized Vehicles Division is involved mainly in Automotive but also in non-Automotive Transportation markets and offers innovative interconnect solutions for all electronic systems: electrical harness, interior and car body equipment, exterior lighting, braking systems, safety restraint systems, powertrain sensors and electronics. And regarding the booming demand of cost effective high power interconnections for Electric Vehicles (EV) and Hybrid Electric Vehicles (HEV), FCI is one of the very few connector makers to meet these objectives with a range of production-ready connectors and vehicle charge plugs selected on mass production vehicles.

About Gewiss
Gewiss is a leading world player in creating solutions for domotics, energy and lighting in the residential, tertiary and industrial sectors. Company operations are based on innovation, research and quality control - to continually develop a portfolio of products which today incorporates more than 20,000 items - the most comprehensive range for the Integrated Electrical System - and meets all requirements for safety, design and functionality. Established in 1970 by Domenico Bosatelli, Gewiss is an international Group with approximately 1,600 employees, operating in 80 countries all over the world.

About Leoni
Leoni is a global supplier of wires, optical fibers, cables and cable systems as well as related services for the automotive sector and further industries. Leoni develops and produces technically sophisticated products from single-core automotive cables through to complete wiring systems. Leoni’s product range also comprises wires and strands, standardised cables, special cables and cable system assemblies for various industrial markets. The group of companies, which is listed on the German MDAX, employs around 50,000 people in 37 countries and generated consolidated sales of EUR 2.16 billion in 2009.

About Maréchal Electric
Pioneer in the field of industrial electrical connections for over 50 years, Maréchal Electric manufactures and markets a comprehensive range of heavy duty plugs and socket-outlets with integral switching, using a unique silver-tipped butt contact technology. Two companies of the Maréchal group, Avcon (USA) and Vecma (France), were at the forefront of all EV programmes in the 1990’s. The overall Maréchal range caters for applications from 5 A to 700 A. Maréchal products are suitable for all applications with an unrivalled level of safety. The company works with an extensive network of subsidiaries and distributors all around the world.

About Nexans
With energy as the basis of its development, Nexans, the worldwide leader in the cable industry, offers an extensive range of cables and cabling systems. The Group is a global player in the infrastructure, industry, building and Local Area Network markets. Nexans addresses a series of market segments: from energy, transport and telecom networks to shipbuilding, oil and gas, nuclear power, automotives, electronics, aeronautics, material handling and automation. Nexans is a responsible industrial company that regards sustainable development as integral to its global and operational strategy. Continuous innovation in products, solutions and services, employee development and engagement, and the introduction of safe industrial processes with limited environmental impact are among the key initiatives that place Nexans at the core of a sustainable future. With an industrial presence in 39 countries and commercial activities worldwide, Nexans employs 22,700 people and had sales in 2009 of 5 billion euros. Nexans is listed on NYSE Euronext Paris, compartment A.

About Radiall
Radiall is a global manufacturer of leading edge interconnect solutions. The company offers an extensive range of RF coaxial connectors and cable assemblies, coaxial switches, fiber optic and microwave components, multipin connectors and more. Radiall has sales offices and subsidiaries throughout the world, R&D in the U.S, Europe and China, along with manufacturing facilities strategically located in the U.S., Mexico, India, and China. The Radiall website is

About Sagemcom
A French, international scale, high-tech company, Sagemcom is working to establish itself as a leader in high added value communicating terminals. It specialises in broadband communications, telecoms and energy, and the document management sectors: consumer and professional printing terminals, digital TV set-top boxes, broadband and residential terminals, communicating management solutions, energy and systems management, telecom partnerships and convergence. With a turnover of almost 1.2 billion euros, Sagemcom employs 6,000 people on five continents. It is headquartered in Rueil-Malmaison (France). Sagemcom’s sustainable development policy commitment starts right from the product design stage. It applies to the whole of the industrial process, from eco-design in accordance with ISO standards, reducing the energy consumption of its products, and all in the context of an ethical code of practice applicable on all its suppliers. Sagemcom was the winner of the 2009 and 2010 Telecommunication Product category Customer Service Prize.

About Tyco Electronics
Tyco Electronics Ltd. is a leading global provider of engineered electronic components, network solutions, specialty products and subsea communication systems, with fiscal 2009 sales of US$10.3 billion to customers in more than 150 countries. We design, manufacture and market products for customers in a broad array of industries including automotive; data communication systems and consumer electronics; telecommunications; aerospace, defense and marine; medical; energy; and lighting. With approximately 7,000 engineers and worldwide manufacturing, sales and customer service capabilities, Tyco Electronics’ commitment is our customers’ advantage.

About Vimar
Vimar, energia positiva since 1945, is a leading worldwide Company providing components and systems for electrical installations and home automation, founded on 1 May 1945 in Marostica (Vicenza), Italy, still today the main Company Headquarter. With more than 1,000 people, overall, presence in more than 100 countries, Vimar offers a wide range of products, symbol of “Made in Italy”, covering all needs in electrical and electronic installations: different ranges of wiring devices, plugs, sockets and adaptors, wall boxes and distribution-boards; the home automation system By-me; Well-Contact and Call-way systems respectively for hotel and hospital applications; Netsafe for structured cabling.

About Weidmüller France
Weidmüller positions itself successfully worldwide on a sustained basis as the leading provider of solutions for electrical connectivity, transmission and conditioning of power, signal and data in industrial environments. The company develops, produces and sells products in the field of electrical connectivity and electronics all over the world. Via a global network of application specialists Weidmüller offers engineering services and develops applications for specific solutions. The complete product and service portfolio consistently assures both Weidmüller and its customers of competitive advantages and an increase in value. The Weidmüller Group has a global focus with its own manufacturing plants, sales companies and representatives in over 80 countries. In its fiscal year 2009 Weidmüller reached sales of 400 million Euros. The company employs 3,450 people worldwide.

About Yazaki Europe
Of Japanese origin, Yazaki is world leader in the electric and electronic distribution systems for automobile. Major actor within the European manufacturers and servicing the French market, Yazaki is located in the Yvelines district in Paris area.


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