No, GE isn’t getting into the car-building game. But they are positioning themselves as major supporters of electric vehicles. First there was their announcement that they would buy up to 25,000 plug-in hybrid and electric vehicles and their recent unveiling of a solar power charging station in Connecticut. Now this deal with Nissan, with GE pledging its significant infrastructure experience to help integrate electric vehicles into the grid.
The two primary areas of focus are integration of EV’s into GE’s Smart Home project, and the effect millions of electric vehicles will have on the power grid. Nissan is already working on a vehicle-to-grid system of its own, but with GE’s help who knows what else they might have up their sleeve. Electric vehicles are confusing for consumers right now…but if GE can automate certain aspects (like plugging in and monitoring the state of charge) it could really streamline the whole ownership experience of an EV.