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RE: The WattStation: GE's new vehicle charging device
Will it be necessary to tear up existing sidewalks and streets to install these? Is technology readily available for drilling down and then sideways to install power cables without having to demolish existing infrastructure? Did he say it takes four to eight hours (as opposed to 12 to 18 in other current products) to charge a car? If that is the case, there is no way these things can be installed on city streets. I see them as mainly being useful in parking lots for employees of large corporations. If we use standard grid electricity from fossil-fuel power plants for charging, how are we making any progress on global warming? What additional stress will we be placing on aging power plants and grids that are already subject to brown-outs, black-outs and selective outages on hot summer days?
Posted by garywainright@...
2nd Aug 2010