‘It’s Watt Your Wall Has Been Waiting for,’ GE Says
GE unveiled the wall-mounted version of its WattStation EV charger at its Global Research Centre at the Technical University in Munich, Germany.
updated September 26
“The stylish device makes owning and using electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles an easier and more attractive proposition,” GE says, noting that the “WattStation Wall” is compatible with all the main types of European EV charging connections and is suitable for use in both private and public locations.
The charger can be installed indoors or outdoors, and resists rain, sleet and ice. It complies with IEC 62196-1 and IEC 62196-2 standards (Switzerland’s International Electrotechnical Commission).
Vodaphone is GE’s network partner for WattStation chargers in Europe.
“The energy management capability of the WattStation Wall allows for several chargers to be connected to an existing power supply, enabling the easy installation of multiple charging points in parking lots and fleet depots,” GE says. “It also can be connected to existing energy management systems and is compatible with smart grid technology allowing users to take advantage of cheaper tariffs and to avoid unnecessary vehicle charging over peak demand periods.”
Works for Fleets, Too
WattStation Network, a networked version of the GE charger, which will be available early in 2013, the manufacturer says. “It will meet the needs of car park operators, fleet managers and municipalities that require greater control of energy usage or the smart functionality necessary to collect payments.”
User identification and online payment options will allow chargers to be made available to all EV drivers or restricted to authorized users only, GE says, and fleet managers will be able to rebill users.
“Customers are now looking at electric vehicles from an economic rather than an environmental perspective,” GE Energy Management marketing director (industrial solutions in Europe, Middle East and Africa) Charles Elazar said in a release.
“The new wave of hybrid vehicles is creating interest,” Elazar said, “and we also are seeing a niche develop with organizations purchasing complete ‘EV eco-systems,’ packages of vehicles and charging infrastructure to meet specific transport needs.”
GE says it provides “the full range of electrical systems and smart grid technology necessary to develop and manage a complete electric vehicle infrastructure.” It offers financing, vehicles and fleet management knowhow through its GE Capital and GE Fleet Services businesses.
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Source: GE release with Fleets & Fuels follow-up