Murphy Oil, Eaton Expand Electric Vehicle Charging Network

PITTSBURGH -- Diversified industrial manufacturer Eaton Corp. and Murphy Oil USA Inc. are joining together to demonstrate to electric vehicle drivers the benefits of fast, convenient charging within the familiar environment of a traditional gas station, the companies reported.

After an initial test phase at a location in Tennessee, Eaton and Murphy Oil USA will evaluate ways to expand the program and utilize the combined capabilities of their organizations to help make charging stations widely available.

"Murphy Oil USA is committed to being a pioneer and early adopter of alternative fuels and Green Energy," Hank Heithaus, president of retail marketing at Murphy Oil USA, said in a released statement. "Through our collaboration with Eaton, we are paving the way for development of the infrastructure leading to adoption and expanded of use of electric vehicles."

The collaboration will attempt to address the "range anxiety" electric vehicle drivers currently face due to the limited availability and visibility of installed and operating charging stations, the companies stated. The demonstration project will ultimately include Murphy Oil USA's installation and use of Eaton's DC Quick Chargers.

"Eaton is focused on creating innovative and affordable technologies that help customers reduce their impact on the environment," said Richard Stinson, president of Power Distribution Operations Americas for Eaton's Electrical Sector. "Eaton offers a complete line of electric vehicle chargers for residential and industrial application and has a presence in communities across North America. We are excited about collaborating with Murphy Oil USA to deliver this clean technology within an environment that the consumers are very comfortable with."

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