As the adoption of electric vehicles becomes more widespread and automakers roll out new models, we need to act. So GE continues to lead the development. Especially of the critical infrastructure technology. Infrastructure needed to connect all of those EVs to the grid.
GE with Nissan
Most interestingly and last month, GE and Nissan announced a joint R&D effort. That’s to speed the creation of the charging infrastructure. All necessary for widespread the most efficient EV adoption. And just recently, GE also announced a partnership with Inovateus Solar. For that’s to build solar-powered electric vehicle-charging carports. Thereby marrying two sustainable technologies.
Solar to Car. Car to Grid
And now Spanish airports are getting in on the action: last week GE Energy Industrial Solutions teamed with Spanish energy supplier Endesa. That’s to supply and operate the EV-charging infrastructure for airport vehicles. That’s at four airports in Spain: in Madrid, Barcelona, Palma and Lanzarote.
Spanish airport operator AENA is just the sort of natural customer for switching to electric fleets: it will incorporate the EVs into the airports’ existing energy management infrastructure and the vehicles will be charged on off-peak overnight electricity tariffs. For now, the EVs are part of a three-year pilot program to assess the feasibility of switching the entire airport fleet to electric. GE will provide 53 of its DuraStation* electric vehicle chargers, which enable faster charging by integrating higher voltages and currents that require specialized equipment. In addition to charging systems like DuraStation and the Yves Behar-designed WattStation, GE Energy provides the full range of electrical systems and smart grid tech needed to build and manage a complete EV infrastructure.
Source: General Electric (GE) Ecomagination