REC Solar joins with GE on solar electric vehicle charging technology

Solar-powered charging stations expand the economic benefits of electric vehicle ownership, while enhancing the environmental and energy saving benefits

San Luis Obispo, Calif., November 2, 2011 — REC Solar, a provider of home, commercial and government solar electric systems, has teamed with GE Energy Industrial Solutions to distribute the GE WattStation electric vehicle charger.

Solar-powered charging stations expand the economic benefits of electric vehicle ownership, while enhancing the environmental and energy saving benefits.

Looking ahead to a future transportation system freed from dependence on fossil fuels, REC Solar and GE are taking steps to create an end-to-end solar EV charging system that will enable our cars to literally run on sunshine.

The sustainable intersection of solar and EV industries means greater reduction of greenhouse gases and independence from fossil fuels — while at the same time delivering economic benefits to drivers. The cost of driving a solar-charged EV may be 66 percent less than a gas-powered car, according to a recent study by GTM Research.

GE's WattStation is a Level 2 electric vehicle charger designed to help accelerate the adoption of plug-in electric vehicles by decreasing time needed for charging — delivering a full charge in just four to eight hours compared with standard overnight charging that can take as much as 12 to 14 hours.

Its smart grid-enabled technology could also help utility companies manage the impact of EVs on the local and regional grids. As a distributor of the GE WattStation, REC Solar will make it easier for its thousands of commercial, government and residential customers to incorporate EV charging capabilities.

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