Electric (GE) has announced their newly developed electric
vehicle charger called the GE
WattStation. The WattStation is expected to help the public
embrace the idea of electric vehicles (EVs) by using smart grid
technology and decreasing the time needed for a full charge.
are still, however, a lot of skeptics within the general public that
are afraid of turning over to the electric side of transportation.
But according to Steve Fludder, the vice president of GE
ecomagination, having charging stations that are quick, easy, and
readily available when needed is the key to getting the skeptics to
accept the idea of and possibly pursue
more than 100 years, GE has worked to optimize
energy use. Given our expertise in electrical distribution,
WattStation is a natural progression in our commitment to creating
cutting edge innovation for the next century," said Dan
Heintzelman, president and CEO of GE Energy Services.
WattStation was designed by Yves Behar, a renowned industrial
designer and founder of San Francisco-based Fuseproject, which is a
branding and design firm Behar started in 1999. Fuseproject's clients
include big names like Disney, Hewlett Packard, Nike, Microsoft and
WattStation cuts charging time on a 24 kWh battery for an electric
vehicle from 12-18 hours to approximately four to eight hours. In
addition, the smart grid technology will aid utility companies in
managing the effect of electric vehicles on both regional and local
grids, which will ultimately allow them to gauge electricity demand
and provide access to more charging stations.
design is when a new technology enters our life and makes it simpler,
beautiful and healthy," said Behar. "The GE WattStation
achieves this with a welcoming
design that is seamlessly integrated in the urban landscape
and becomes a natural part of our daily driving routine."
WattStation will be available commercially in 2011, but GE expects to
release a home version of the charger in late 2010. The WattStation
is a large step forward for both GE and the adoption of electric
vehicle's, but it isn't the only Earth-friendly news floating around
GE as of late.
recently signed two new partnerships that could help raise the
popularity of EV's. The first was signed in April of this year
with Project Get
Ready, which is a nonprofit organization that helps communities
prepare for electric vehicles by planning and designing the electric
grids. The second was a separate three-year Memorandum of
Understanding signed in May 2010 withNissan that
will develop new technologies to build a smart-charging
quote: If you break down on the road...
quote: All the EVs do is transfer the CO2 from the tailpipe to some other local.
quote: However coal fired electricity WILL NOT be cleaner in our lifetime.
quote: EVs are NOT the answer. They are just the step to a better answer. And they will not be that wide spread because not everyone will want to use battery powered cars.
quote: Basically, these two cars totally eradicated my preconceptions of what an electric car could be. One we have a convenient way of charging them, the differences will not only be almost imperceptible, but slanted in the EV's favor.
quote: quote: All the EVs do is transfer the CO2 from the tailpipe to some other local.Irrelevant. In fact, this is a good thing. The efficiency of generating electricity, transmitting it and converting it to movement is FAR more efficient than drilling for, refining, transporting, and burning fuel to produce movement. That's even assuming a coal-electric power source.
quote: We're pretty much set on the path to electric vehicles becoming the future of the mass market. Give it 10-15 years to mature and the combustion engine automobile will be relegated to the collector/enthusiast segment.
quote: CO2 production is pretty much unavoidable, so the only real possibility is for us to simply reduce it in a meaningful and thoughtful ways that don't have massive economic consequences attached.
quote: ......but EVs are better than ICE in almost every way except price, and that will change quickly.
quote: Where do you think the batteries for this new world of yours comes from?
quote: Where to you think the electricity comes from to charge these cars?
quote: All the EVs do is transfer the CO2 from the tailpipe to some other local
quote: what are you going to do with the toxic batteries in them?
quote: The current 40 mile range and the next gen 100 mile range are likely based on city driving where regenerative braking helps out and the wind resistence is much lower at lower speeds.