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USA: GE’s New EV Charging Station Project Aims to Reduce Installation Costs, Boost EV Growth

The electric vehicle (EV) market has been stuck in low gear. One of the big opportunities where this can be changed is in the commercial vehicle sector. There are over 230 million commercial cars and light-duty trucks on U.S. roads—a huge potential source for widespread EV adoption. But large companies, federal, state and local governments and other fleet operators have hesitated to make the switch.

GE just started on a project that drives at chaning that. Researchers at GE’s Global Research Center in Niskayuna, New York, will design and build a better commercial fleet charging station that will incorporate GE’s existing smart grid technology and help dramatically cut installation costs in the depots and garages housing bus, vehicle delivery and other commercial and government fleets. The project also received support from the U.S. Department of Energy.

They are in charge: Researchers in GE’s Smart Grid lab will be developing advanced communication systems and controls to reduce charging station installation costs for fleet operators. The technology will also help utilities more effectively monitor and manage larger electric vehicle loads on the grid.

Currently, fleet operators need to install a separate charging station for each EV, which can be very expensive. In the current set up, each charging station has its own dedicated power and networking cables to supply and monitor energy usage


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