15 December 2012
(Odometer: 24, 890 miles)
CHULA VISTA, Calif.–You’ve no doubt used Leviton products in wiring or re-wiring your home. The Long Island based company is known primarily for ground-fault circuit interruption technology, and its products sit in 90 million U.S. homes.
Out here, on a ridge above the Pacific Ocean, a Leviton unit is taking the concept into a new and logical market, electric-vehicle chargers.
“Leviton felt that an EVSC-related project is definitely within (its) core competency because the major safety component within an EVSC is a GFCI circuit,” said Ken Brown, director of engineering, commercial/industrial, Leviton.
We talked with Brown on a patio at the Leviton facility here, not far north of the Mexican border. He described the company’s systems-engineering for the EV marketplace and also addressed the challenges of luring newly graduated engineers into the world of the smart grid.
Finding college fresh-outs interested in grid engineering: