GE Unveils Their Electric Vehicle WattStation (w/ Video)

Jul 14, 2010 by John Messina weblog
GE’s WattStation enables fast level 2 charging at home and on the road.

(PhysOrg.com) -- On Tuesday GE announced their new smart-grid-connected electric vehicle charger called the WattStation. The WattStation will help accelerate the adoption of plug-in electric vehicles by significantly cutting charging time on a 24 kWh car battery for an EV from 12-18 hours to approximately 4-8 hours by using Level 2 (240V) charging.

Dan Heintzelman, president and CEO of GE Energy Services, said: “For 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."

The top angled circle is surrounded by LEDs that glow to indicate if the charger is available or not.

The GE WattStation significantly decreases time needed for vehicle charging and using smart , can also be connect to the smart grid that will allow utilities companies to manage the impact of on regional and local grids.

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GE and Project Get Ready unveil the WattStation, a new electric car charger.

The WattStation was designed in part by renowned industrial designer, Yves Behar. The WattStation is intended to become as common as gasoline stations are today.

In an earth2tech interview Behar said, that the GE WattStation can act as a digital platform and a connection to . For example, one day you may be driving around in your EV in a city and receive a that an open WattStation charger is close by. Behar also said he envisions an ecosystem of applications eventually being built around the WattStation.

The GE WattStation will be commercially available globally in 2011, and a home version will be unveiled later this year. No price has been announced for the home version.

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Kiona_Tate
not rated yet Jul 14, 2010
They should make the chargers run on green energy than that would truely be epic
DamienS
1 / 5 (1) Jul 14, 2010
Someone wants a job at Apple. Seriously, what's the point of this puff-piece?
plasticpower
not rated yet Jul 15, 2010
The point is to charge your electric car. Doh!
MarkyMark
not rated yet Jul 15, 2010
They should make the chargers run on green energy than that would truely be epic

They do!!!!!

All electricity even green electricity is the same. What is needed tho is to slowly phase out non green power sources for green hybrid power sources such as wind farms and solar power.
HeloMenelo
not rated yet Jul 15, 2010
"The point is to charge your electric car. Doh!"

lol, good reply. Now where's that smiley with the guy banging his head with his hand when you need it... :)

"They do!!!!!
All electricity even green electricity is the same. What is needed tho is to slowly phase out non green power sources for green hybrid power sources such as wind farms and solar power."

Electric is KING !!!
HaveYouConsidered
5 / 5 (1) Jul 16, 2010
I can foresee local governments wanting to combine this product concept with the classic parking meter functionality. You pay for both your power and local taxes with one transaction, and charging stations replace older parking meters.