CORBY, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - Dec. 10, 2012) - RS Components (RS), the trading brand of Electrocomponents plc (LSE:ECM), the world's leading high service distributor of electronics and maintenance products, is helping environmentally conscious customers reduce pollution with the introduction of Schneider Electric EVlink™ charging units.
Schneider Electric™ has been actively involved in the electric vehicle (EV) market for over ten years, developing a range of robust solutions for the increasing number of domestic and commercial drivers who are choosing electrically-powered vehicles. The latest addition to the range is the easy to use EVlink™ unit which is now available to purchase through RS, one of a select group of resellers in the UK.
It is estimated by the Energy Saving Trust that it's six times more expensive to run a diesel or petrol car compared to an electric vehicle. Plug-in vehicles are not subject to road tax, and servicing costs tend to be lower. The Climate Change Committee (CCC) recommends that Government should aim for a widespread roll-out of electric cars and plug-in hybrids by 2020, ensuring that up to 1.7 million of these vehicles are on the road by this time.
Allen Boney, RS Product Marketing Manager commented: "We are delighted to stock Schneider Electric EVlink™ charging units. They present a cost-effective and reliable solution to electric vehicle users and offer both fast and longer charging options. It only takes 30 minutes to get a vehicle 80% charged, with a full charge taking just three hours."
RS is piloting EV charging at its Corby site after installing two EVlink™ units for customers, visitors and staff which are currently free to use. If the trial is a success, the units will be rolled out across its network of trade counters located across the UK.
Richard Wright, UK Channel Manager from Schneider Electric™ commented: "Demand for electric vehicles from both business and domestic users is rising as car manufacturer's increase the number of models launched each year. As a global specialist in energy management, we have developed units that offer a convenient yet robust solution to those running electric vehicles. They feature unmatched safety features and easily integrate with other Schneider Electric products for a complete EV solution."
The Schneider Electric EVlink™ units are now also available at RS online.
About RS Components
RS Components and Allied Electronics are the trading brands of Electrocomponents plc, the world's leading high service distributor of electronics and maintenance products. With operations in 32 countries, we offer more than 550,000 products through the internet, catalogues and at trade counters to over one million customers, shipping around 44,000 parcels a day. Our products, sourced from 2,500 leading suppliers, include electronics, automation and control, test and measurement, electrical and mechanical components.
Electrocomponents is listed on the London Stock Exchange and in the last financial year ended 31 March 2012 had revenues of £1.27bn.
For more information, please visit the website at http://uk.rs-online.com.
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 Utilities & Infrastructures, Industries & Machine Manufacturers, Non-residential Buildings, Data Centres & Networks and in Residential.
Focused on making energy safe, reliable, efficient, productive and green, the Group's 130,000 plus employees achieved sales of 22.4 billion euros in 2011, through an active commitment to help individuals and organisations make the most of their energy.
For more information, please visit the website www.schneider-electric.com.
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