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