Leviton, Ford win UL certification for Focus Electric Home Charging Station

Melville, N.Y., October 10, 2011 — Leviton, a manufacturer of electrical devices, and Ford Motor Co. announced the new Ford Electric Vehicle Home Charging Station has achieved UL certification for UL 2231, UL 2251 and UL 2594.

The new 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 Electric Vehicle Home Charging Station provides up to 32 amps at 240 volts AC (7.7 kW output) — fully charging a Ford Focus Electric's battery in a little over three hours, more than four times faster than the standard portable charger.

The device's energy-efficient design — the enclosure is made from nearly 60 percent recycled materials — features a low-energy standby power design, contributing to a 50 to 80 percent reduced carbon footprint.

Offering a 10-year limited warranty, Leviton and Ford designed the home device with the customer's safety in mind. 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 – "non-permanent" plug-in installation is ideal for indoor applications, while a "hard-wired" conversion kit is available for outdoor locations.

The Ford EV Home Charging Station including standard installation, retailing for $1,499, features an ADA compliant, simple one-button user interface. Installation of the device's wall mount is impermanent, making relocation easy, while the included 18-foot long "wrap-around" charging cable offers maximum convenience.

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