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If the electric car is to succeed, it needs charging stations that are both easy-to-use and well designed--a clunky infrastructure will quickly turn off potential drivers. That's why GE brought in fuseproject's Yves Behar to design its upcoming WattStation, a sleek EV charger for city streets that can juice vehicles in just four to eight hours. Today's standard "level 1" chargers take 12 to 18 hours to fully charge a car.

Behar factored in a number of considerations when designing the WattStation: visibility from the street, ability to withstand various weather conditions, and general attractiveness.

To read the full, original article click on this link: GE's WattStation Electric Vehicle Charger Streets in 2011 | Fast Company

Author: Ariel Schwartz