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Confirmed - Eaton pulling out of commercial EVSE

Tue Sep 15, 2015 6:05 pm

I heard a rumor at the NDEW even on Saturday that Eaton was getting out of charging stations.

I was just digging around on their website and could no longer find the pages for their commercial level 2 or quick charger units. They do still have a residential level 2 unit on the site, as well as a pedestal with outlets for level 1 charging.

I wonder what this means for future support of existing equipment if it's true. There are a lot of Eaton units in my area.
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Re: Unconfirmed - Eaton pulling out of commercial EVSE

Tue Sep 15, 2015 9:21 pm

PV1 wrote:I wonder what this means for future support of existing equipment if it's true. There are a lot of Eaton units in my area.


Well, if the company by itself is not going to close, I think we will be fine to have our unit serviced if needed ;)

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Re: Confirmed - Eaton pulling out of commercial EVSE

Thu Sep 17, 2015 10:41 am

Just confirmed it with my work's Eaton rep. They are no longer producing charging stations. They will continue support as best they can.
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Re: Confirmed - Eaton pulling out of commercial EVSE

Thu Sep 17, 2015 6:31 pm

Not really. I guess there are so many companies making charging stations, they couldn't compete. More than likely, the infrastructure build-out in my area is done, so the business isn't there to justify continued manufacturing. Like many companies around here, they're probably going after oil and gas :twisted: :twisted: :twisted: .
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Re: Confirmed - Eaton pulling out of commercial EVSE

Fri Sep 18, 2015 5:07 am

PV1 wrote:Like many companies around here, they're probably going after oil and gas :twisted: :twisted: :twisted: .

AFAICT, Eaton's main business is electrical equipment of all kinds. They make boxes, outlets, etc. EVSEs seem like they'd fit into that, but I guess it didn't work out for them, for whatever reason.

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Re: Confirmed - Eaton pulling out of commercial EVSE

Fri Sep 18, 2015 5:28 am

I know. My workplace is an electrical contractor, and we use a lot of Eaton electrical products. Except for a firmware issue (that's been fixed for a while) with the 6.6 kW Nissan LEAFs, their EVSE and quick chargers work really well.

I forgot to ask the rep yesterday what this will mean for public charging at their Experience Center in Cranberry. A lot of drivers depend on those units. It won't be a killer for it to disappear, but that will put me at one of two dealers with Signet chargers.

Electrical isn't all they do, though. They make superchargers (not those Superchargers :lol: :mrgreen: ), powertrain, hydraulic equipment, aviation equipment, and more.

Update: Apparently that's how Eaton works. They'll hit a market with products, then quit making them a few years later.
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