WattStation Driving Progress with Electric Vehicle Charging Stations  

Convenient, user-friendly charging stations are designed to accelerate the adoption of plug-in electric vehicles.



With the increasing interest in electric vehicles, consumers need to know they can drive from point A to point B without running out of power. GE is working with utilities and municipalities in the United States and abroad to address the need for a widely distributed network of electric vehicle (EV) charging stations.

In 2010, GE introduced the WattStation electric vehicle charging station, a fast, easy- to-use, award-winning charging solution for the new electric vehicles now hitting the nation’s streets and highways. WattStation is designed to help enable an electric vehicle (EV) owner to charge an EV faster compared to standard (level 1) plug-in charging. By enabling faster charging, GE’s WattStation (level 2) offers EV owners greater convenience and flexibility in managing their daily schedules. For example, an EV with a 24 kWh battery will take between four and eight hours to charge by using GE’s WattStation, instead of approximately 12 to 18 hours with standard plug-in charging for a full charge.

Its functional, user-friendly design will allow WattStation to be installed in a wide range of convenient locations—retail stores, offices, parking lots—anywhere a driver might park a vehicle while engaging in shopping, work or recreational activities. WattStation can also help utilities manage the impact of EVs on the local and regional grids.

WattStation is part of GE’s commitment to help build a total EV ecosystem, including circuit protection equipment, transformers and charging stations. With more than 100 years of experience in electrical distribution products, GE is uniquely positioned to improve and upgrade the entire back-end electric system to support charging—from the power plant, to the electric outlet, to the car charger.

GE is also helping to develop cutting-edge technology for EVs themselves. In fact, more than 70 percent of the hybrid electric vehicles on the road today rely on GE innovations. Working with industry partners, we are developing both more-efficient battery technology and smarter battery financing. For example, through a partnership with Better Place, we are pioneering a battery financing program, starting with a pilot project to finance 10,000 car batteries in Israel and Denmark.

With WattStation, complementary grid technologies, better EV batteries and financing solutions, GE is providing a clear road map for the large-scale deployment of electric vehicles.

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Electric Vehicles: Eco Impact

The U.S. spends approximately $71 billion a year in electricity for lighting—22% of the total U.S. electricity bill

LED lights can have a lifetime of 50,000 hours—depending on usage—this translates to 6–30 years

LED lighting can save up to 85% of the electricity used by incandescent bulbs and up to 50% of the electricity used by fluorescents

The U.S. purchases about 2 billion residential light bulbs a year, or about 5.5 million bulbs a day

Source: LED Press; CREE

North America:
44,208 MW
, more than 200% growth over past 4 years

Latin America:
1,962 MW
, more than 300% growth over past 4 years

84,741 MW
, 65% growth over past 4 years

926 MW
, 100% growth over past 4 years

59,722 MW
, more than 300% growth over past 4 years

2,598 MW
, more than 100% growth over past 4 years

Source: The Wind Power

The U.S. is responsible for nearly 1/2 of worldwide CO2 emissions from aircraft

Aviation is responsible for 12% of CO2 emissions from all transport sources, compared to 74% from road transport

Air travel is growing at some 5% a year, meaning numbers of air passenger miles will triple by 2030

23% of operating costs of airlines is spent on fuel; up from 13% in 2001

Source: Scribd; Christian Science Monitor; Center for Biological Diversity

20% of the energy reaches the wheels in gas-powered cars, whereas 75% or more reaches the wheels in electric cars

For every 5% of EV market share, about a 1% increase in electricity use is expected

75% of U.S. drivers drive less than 40 miles per day

Less than 2% of electric power in the U.S. is generated from oil

Source: Zpryme Research & Consulting; Car Junky; Coda Automotive; Energy Information Administration

87.4% of likely EV drivers would pay a premium for fast charging

37.2% of U.S. drivers are very or somewhat likely to buy an EV in the next 2 years

93.2% of likely EV drivers say it is very important to be able to charge at their residence

40.6% of U.S. consumers are willing to pay a premium to rent an EV

Source: Zpryme Research & Consulting

Oregon's population is projected to increase by more than 1 million over the next 20 years

Oregon ranks 7th in the nation in irrigation water withdrawals

27% of Oregonians receive their drinking water from Clackamas County surface waters

Population in Clackamas County: 380,576—10% of Oregon’s population

Source: Clackamas County Soil and Water Conservation District; Google; Oregon Public Radio

Wind now accounts for 3.3% of total U.S. electricity capacity; up from less than 0.3% 10 years ago

Four states accounted for 51% of total U.S. wind capacity: Texas, Iowa, California and Washington

With twice as many turbines as the next-closest state (13,211), California produces 1.5% of its electricity from wind

Wind energy increases accounted for 63.3% of all energy capacity gains in 2009

Source: Energy Information Administration; The Wind Power; The California Energy Commission

LEDs could help communities save more than $750 million per year in energy costs

Currently, only 1% of U.S. streetlights are LED

LED streetlights last up to 5 times as long as traditional streetlights

While streetlighting accounts for less than 1% of all electricity use in the U.S., some cities spend upwards of 60% of municipal electricity on streetlights

Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette; National Geographic

Over the next 25 years, demand for freight-moving capacity will increase by more than 90%

Every 1 mph faster a freight train travels, a railroad can save up to $200 million a year in capital and expenses

RailEdge can increase the average speed of trains by 10–20%, which translates into as much as 4 mph

If just 10% of long-distance freight now carried on highways were switched to rail, national fuel savings would exceed 1 billion gallons a year

Source: GE; Atlanta Journal-Constitution

The U.S. smart grid industry is projected to grow from $69.3 billion in 2009 to more than $171.4 billion by 2014

Smart grid data analysis expenditures are projected to rise from $356 million in 2010 to nearly $4.2 billion in annual revenue by 2015

At current smart grid trends, by 2015, utilities will process 35 petabytes of information annually, a 300% increase in data storage needs

The 2009 movie Avatar used over 1 petabyte of local storage to render its 3D CGI effects —
1 petabyte = 1 million gigabytes

Source: News Daily; Pike Research; UtilPoint

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