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EV Plug Alliance announces new members

Gewiss, Marechal Electric, Radiall, Vimar, Weidmüller France & Yazaki Europe join the Alliance formed by Legrand, Scame & Schneider Electric to promote high safety plug and socket solution for Electric Vehicle infrastructure

Paris (France) May,31, 2010 - The EV Plug Alliance announced today the joining of Gewiss, Marechal Electric, Radiall, Vimar, Weidmüller France & Yazaki Europe. Established end march 2010 by Schneider Electric, Legrand & Scame, the EV Plug Alliance aims to promote the use of a high safety plug and socket solution for Electric Vehicle charge infrastructure.

This first extension of the EV Plug Alliance with members from several countries and various business backgrounds confirms the validity 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 one strong standard, accelerating development and adoption of solutions and practical applications to revolutionize the Electric Vehicle charge.

On May 10, 2010, already, Gimélec¹ announced its support to the EV Plug Alliance, explaining this proposal of convergence reconciles the interests of all participants, users and manufacturers thus allowing the best usage of technologies offered by the different European companies, in full compliance with applicable norms and standards in Europe.

Installed on the infrastructure side, the plug and socket system endorsed by the Alliance will ensure compatibility between multiple suppliers' products. Charge at a power up to 24 kW, in mono or three phase installations, will allow charging electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids. It will offer the highest level of safety with the use of shutters to protect against accidental touch of electric parts and is fully compliant with the IEC standard for plug & socket in finalization.

The first products labeled by the EV Plug Alliance are planned to be available at the end of second quarter 2010.

¹ Gimélec is a group of 230 companies that supply electrical and automation solutions for the energy, construction, industrial, and infrastructures markets. These companies, based in France, generate an annual turnover of 11.4 billion euros, 61% of which is from export, and employ 71,000 persons in the country. The consolidated worldwide turnover of Gimélec’s member companies is 41.2 billion euros. Among Gimélec’s members are major groups, and innovative "SMEs" who are often leaders at the national, European and international levels.

About Legrand
Legrand Group is the global specialist in electrical and digital building Infrastructures. Its comprehensive offering of solutions 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; Products for Domestic Applications). SCAME has been involved for more than 10 years into the development of connectors for Electrical Vehicles, attending to 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 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 Marechal Electric
Pioneer in the field of industrial electrical connection for over 50 years, Marechal Electric manufactures and markets a comprehensive range of heavy duty plugs and socket-outlets with integral switching, using a unique silver-alloy butt contact technology. Two companies of the Marechal group, Avcon (USA) and Vecma (France), were at the forefront of all EV programmes in the 90’. The overall range caters for applications from 5 A to 700 A. Marechal 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 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.

About Vimar
Vimar, energia positiva since 1945, is a leading worldwide Company providing components and systems for electrical installations and home automation, born on 1 May 1945 in Marostica (Vicenza), Italy, still today the main Company Headquarter. With more than 1,000 people, overall, present 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 worldwide successfully 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 application 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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