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A Charger for the Smart Grid

August 25, 2010

The new GE charging station for electric cars will fully charge a battery in four to eight hours–much faster than standard plug-in charging, which can take 18 hours. It allows two-way communication between stations and power companies, so that the utilities can minimize the vehicles’ demand on the grid. GE hopes that municipalities and green-building owners will install the chargers in parking areas and that electric-car owners will buy home versions for their garages.

Credit: Erik Pawassar

Product: WattStation

Cost: $3,000 to $7,000

Availability: Now for commercial version; a residential version costing $1,000 to $1,500 will be announced later in 2010

Source: www.ecomagination.com/wattstation

Company: GE

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