GE Energy’s WattStation was first conceptualized back in 2010 but it looks like the company is ready to begin rolling it out to the masses. Designed by Yves Behar, the WattStation is basically a charging station for electric vehicles (EV) that has been designed in a pretty unique and striking way and can be installed in a variety of locations, such as hotels, hospitals, parking lots, etc. It will supposedly be able to charge electric vehicles in four to eight hours which is an improvement over current charging systems.
GE has also worked with Hertz to come up with the WattStation’s accompanying app dubbed the WattStation Connect. This will allow users to search for nearby WattStations and manage the powerup process via their mobile phones which they can connect to via 3G, WiFi or Ethernet. The app will also allow EV users to pay for the use of the charging station as well as allow owners of the WattStation to control its pricing, manage the power consumed as well as generate reports.
WattStation connect is expected to be made available for iOS and Android devices in the coming weeks. No word on when GE will roll out the WattStations or where it will be available, but the company is reportedly ready to begin the rollout now.
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