Electric Vehicle (EV) Infrastructure
GE’s new Electric Vehicle (EV) Charging Station will provide user protection by meeting industry standards such as NEC 625 and SAE J1772, will work seamlessly with large- and small-scale EV systems and will begin shipping 3Q 2010, in time for the mass-market arrival of plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs).
Initially launched for residential, commercial, and local government applications, GE’s basic until will provide plug-in charging and optional commerce capabilities. The unit will also offer an optional Smart Grid interface by utilizing intelligent meters to interact with the local utility company.
This product will undergo extensive acceptance research with users and installers to make sure that it is easy to use, install, and maintain. Along with the charging functionality, the product will be a modular design to allow for easy upgrades as owner’s needs change and more options become available.
The initial offering will include:
- UL Certification
- Charger & Vehicle Communication in accordance with NEC 625
- Cord Connection in accordance with SAE J1772
- Indoor and Outdoor Enclosure
- Commerce & Card Reader capability
- User authentication
- Open Architecture Network communications
- LED Lights & Display
- Level 2 (208-240 VAC) charging capability
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After almost a decade of uncertainty, the confidence of plant floor managers is soaring. Even with a number of challenges and while implementing new technologies, there is a renewed sense of optimism among plant managers about their business and their future.
The respondents to the 2014 Plant Engineering Salary Survey come from throughout the U.S. and serve a variety of industries, but they are uniform in their optimism about manufacturing. This year’s survey found 79% consider manufacturing a secure career. That’s up from 75% in 2013 and significantly higher than the 63% figure when Plant Engineering first started asking that question a decade ago.