Bringing The Electric Car Home

on July 18, 2011 at 2:25 PM

Electric vehicle charging stations are now headed home, literally.

GE Energy Industrial Solutions has joined with Lowe’s to offer consumers its new GE WattStation Wall Mount Electric Vehicle (EV) Charging Station. The station will charge EV’s in less time than standard overnight chargers and will soon be available for both home and commercial use, the company says.

“This is the first time customers can purchase the GE WattStation from a retailer, marking a milestone for GE as we help accelerate the mass adoption of EV’s,” said Product General Manager of GE Energy Industrial Solutions Paul Foody.

The GE WattStation is a wall-mount level 2 charger that consumers can install in a garage or outdoors and is designed to operate through rain, sleet, and ice. It is planned to be launched at five Lowe’s stores in California this August followed by a wider release at a total of 60 stores by September. At that time the product will also be available on the Lowe’s website.

GE is one of a number of energy companies, including NRG Energy, looking to expand its presence in the EV market with the introduction of its WattStation. Last year, NRG Energy launched its eVgo, the first privately funded EV charging system, which CEO David Crane described as part of a process of accelerating a broader societal attitude shift towards energy use and sustainability.

Photo Caption: Ford Motor Company President and CEO Alan Mulally plugs in the brand new all-electric Ford Focus after he delivered a keynote address at the 2011 International Consumer Electronics Show at the Las Vegas Hilton January 7, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada.