Is GE’s WattSation the Future of Electric Car Charging?

Is GE’s WattSation the Future of Electric Car Charging?

Mike Tyson
Sep 29, 2010

There is no question that electric cars are the way of tomorrow. In fact, in a recent Op-Ed piece in the New York Times, Tom Friedman argues that the country to fully create and integrate the electric car will solidify itself as a global economic superpower well into the future. We've told you how to prep yourself for an electric car in your home but how about your neighborhood? GE has an interesting idea called the WattStation that we're going to take a closer look at after the jump.

The WattStation is GE's answer to a need for a charging station integrated into the infrastructure of our nation which enables people the ability to charge their electric vehicle on the go. The WattStation boasts an impressive charge time of 4-8 hours for a full recharge compared to the standard 12-18 hours. Clearly, this creates new possibilities for electric cars particularly in a road-trip context where recharging could take as long as a dinner and movie.

Being a tech blog geared to the home, we were most curious about how these devices would affect your neighborhood. Designed by Yves Behar, founder of San Francisco-based fuseproject, the WattStation is a deliberate response to the archetypical gas station of our American landscape. It reduces and refines the oppressive forms of a typical gas station to create a sleek, inviting design that (we think) blends much more seamlessly into the environment. It will be produced in various color systems in order to fit coherently within the context of individual neighborhoods. In addition to these features, we were pleased to see a retractable cable system which would keep sidewalks and streets free from unwieldy charging cables — just like we like them in our home office!

Does this design promote your interest in electric cars? Would you welcome them in your neighborhood or are you still unsold on the electric car model for the transportation of the future?

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