Making Electric Vehicle Charging Safe and Reliable, Gridtest Systems Announces First Independent Test Tool for EVSEs

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This July Gridtest Systems, LLC., an independent provider of portable test and measurement tools for Electric Vehicle charging, announced the world’s most advanced Electric Vehicle Emulator (EVE) that ensures Electric Vehicle charging stations are properly installed and safe to use.

EVE is a portable, ruggedized test and measurement tool that verifies, tracks and ensures the safe installation of Electric Vehicle (EV) charging stations, also known as EVSEs*. EVE runs more than 50 comprehensive tests confirming the electrical, data and safety features of the EVSE.

The EV Emulator provides the charging station installer a simple one-button operation with a pass/fail result and a detailed explanation of any failure mode through its touch-screen interface. Once installation is completed, the EV Emulator’s test report can be geotagged with location information for tracking and verification purposes and uploaded to the owner of the charging stations for verification of correct installation.

“Up until now, electrical contractors either didn’t test, or used basic tools developed for specific chargers,” according to Neal Roche, CEO and founder of Gridtest Systems. “These tools didn’t provide all the key safety measurements, and don’t save reports for business traceability. Gridtest Systems EV Emulator is the first independent trusted test tool for electrical contractors. It also provides reassurance for the owners of the EVSEs that the chargers have been correctly installed, and enables a much faster, more cost-effective schedule of verifiable maintenance.”

"The lack of global standards for charging equipment and variety of entities offering products has made it challenging for auto manufacturers to anticipate all of the potential technical issues that could arise during vehicle charging," says John Gartner, a senior analyst in the transportation practice at market analysis firm Pike Research. "Many of the companies developing EV hardware and applications for managing charging do not have an extensive track record as they are either relatively young startups or new to the space," he added.

“Interoperability issues between EV’s and charging stations could leave drivers stranded without a charge,” says Roche. “The EV Emulator is the only field-test solution to address these challenges by providing a means to effectively test and verify an EVSE installation.”

The EV Emulator is demonstrated this week at the Plugin 2011 EV Conference in Raleigh, NC, at Booth #118.

Product Details

The EV Emulator, EVE 100, behaves like an Electric Vehicle when connected to an EV charging station as most commercial and residential EVSEs will be installed without an EV present. Equipment manufacturers and electrical contractors get the peace of mind of Gridtest Systems’ Ready to Charge™ certification that the EVSE is installed, safe and operating correctly. The EV Emulator also collects important business data for traceability in support services and preventative maintenance.

The EV Emulator is compatible with Level 1 and Level 2 charging stations worldwide that conform to SAE-J1772™, IEC 61851-1 and IEC 62196-2 Type 2 vehicle inlets.

*EVSE stands for Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment which is the industry designation for Level 1 and 2 Charging stations.

About Gridtest Systems LLC

Gridtest Systems is an independent and trusted provider of test equipment for the Electric Vehicle (EV) charging industry. Gridtest Systems manufactures the first independent portable EV Emulator that ensures Level 1 and 2 Electric Vehicle Charging Stations (EVCS) are properly installed and safe to use. The Company’s EV Emulator effectively mimics a “car in the box” providing the installer with an easy to use, one touch testing tool that verifies and tracks the correct installation of an EVCS without the need for an actual EV being present. For more information, contact Gridtest Systems at http://www.gridtest.com or call +1.805.214.8002

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