GE Energy just unveiled its new fully-networked WattStation electric vehicle charging platform at the SAE 2012 World Congress in Detroit. The WattStation platform and corresponding Connect software provide many benefits for owners and EV users. The software allows owners the ability to manage charging stations remotely, giving them the ability to control and set customer pricing for EV charging, provide access at their facilities and generate usage reports. EV users will also find the WattStation charger easier to use with its retractable cord and will be able to process payments using a secure system. The system can also be installed in any commercial, public or retail location.
“We worked closely with Hertz in the development of the WattStation Connect software because Hertz is at the forefront of electric vehicle deployment,” said Michael Mahan, product general manager, EV infrastructure for GE Energy’s Industrial Solutions business. “Their global EV solutions in the U.S., Europe and China require the advanced, networked stations that we offer.”
Industrial Solutions has formed data acquisition agreements with key navigation companies so that electric vehicle drivers will also be able to view and locate GE’s WattStations, obtain directions to the EV charging stations, access pricing details and determine whether a unit is available for charging.
“GE has a full range of electrical distribution products required to support EV deployment and to move power from the grid to the road, helping our customers operate in a smarter, more networked world,” added Mahan.