fuseproject announced the worldwide unveiling of the GE WattStation, designed by fuseproject for GE's ecomagination initiative. The GE WattStation is an easy-to-use electric vehicle (EV) charger with a consumer-friendly form. Designed to help accelerate the adoption of plug-in electric vehicles, GE WattStation significantly decreases time needed for vehicle charging and, with the use of smart grid technology, allows utility companies to manage the impact of electric vehicles on the local and regional grids.
Fresh from their work with PUMA on a reduced-impact global packaging and distribution system, fuseproject has now designed an essential component of the delivery system for electric vehicle users. Combining functionality with user- friendly form, the GE WattStation offers faster battery charging and smart grid technology within a modular design that allows for easy upgrades, allowing customers to stay current with the latest advances.
"Good design is when a new technology enters our life and makes it more simple, beautiful, and healthy," said Yves Behar, founder of fuseproject. "The GE WattStation achieves this with a welcoming design that will seamlessly integrate into the urban landscape and become a natural part of our daily driving routine."
The prototype GE WattStation will be available in the fourth quarter of 2010 in the U.S. and Europe. Commercial and residential WattStations will be available in 2011 in markets in the U.S., Europe, and Asia, and can be purchased through a number of distributions channels, including utilities, auto dealerships, electrical wholesalers and licensed electrical contractors, and an online store.