GE has launched a new project called the EV Solar Carport, which will use solar power and smart grid technology to fully charge electric vehicles (EVs) via six Level 2 GE EV charging stations and to power the overhead lighting in the parking lot.
Inovateus Solar LLC will install the project, which will be located in Plainville, Conn. The carport incorporates GE's infrastructure technology, utilizing GE EverGold safety switches and GE combiner boxes, along with the GE EV charging stations. The carport connects to the grid, where it deposits extra energy and withdraws that energy when needed.
‘GE is working with a number of utilities and municipalities in the U.S. and abroad to address this issue of creating a widely distributed network of electric-vehicle charging stations,’ says Luis Ramirez, CEO of GE Energy Industrial Solutions. “The presence of ubiquitous, Level 2 charging will make consumers far less worried about their car running out of power.”