I’m not be a big proponent of government-backed charging stations, but I am all about private enterprise investing into EV infrastructure. GE has just unveiled a solar-powered charging station in Connecticut that can charge up to 13 cars a day.
The station, located near GE’s facilities in Plainville, CT (just one town over from me!) should pull in enough of the sun’s rays to fully power up to 20 homes for an entire year. However, this energy will instead be directed towards charging electric cars, and the carport has room and energy enough to charge up to 13 EV’s every day via six Level 2 EV chargers.
Unfortunately, despite the number of “news stations” on hand for the unveiling (WTF GE? No love for me?) nobody bothered to ask how much the charging stations will cost plug-in EV owners, if its free, and what kind of plans GE has for a nationwide rollout of such stations. Kind of important info, but I guess next time I gotta use my telepathy to predict these sorts of events get my butt down there myself.
Even though my invitation to this unveiling must have been lost in the mail, I’m liking what GE is doing these days. Solar-powered charging station? It don’t get much greener than that, ladies and gentlemen, and every day there are more and more EV charging stations being installed, destroying the argument about the lack of an electric car charging infrastructure.
Source: GE | The Hartford Courant
Chris DeMorro is a writer and gearhead who loves all things automotive, from hybrids to HEMIs. You can read about his slow descent into madness at Sublime Burnout or follow his non-nonsensical ramblings on Twitter @harshcougar.