MELVILLE, NY – Electrical device manufacturer Leviton and Ford Motor Co. said the new Ford Electric Vehicle (EV) Home Charging Station has drawn 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. That's 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, Ford said.
A ground monitor circuit and built-in communication verifies proper connection before charging can begin. 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 suitable for indoor applications, 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.”
The Ford EV Home Charging Station, including standard installation, retails for $1,499. It features an ADA-compliant, one-button user interface. Installation of the device’s wall mount is impermanent, making relocation easy. An 18-foot long “wrap-around” charging cable is included.
The home station is now available through select Ford dealerships and Best Buy stores to support the upcoming launch of the all-electric Ford Focus.