GE WattStation by fuseproject


GE WattStation by fuseproject

San Francisco designer Yves Béhar of Fuseproject has designed these electric car-chargers for public and home use. 

GE WattStation by fuseproject

Called GE WattStation, the project was unveiled yesterday in collaboration with Ecomagination, a green initiative by energy company General Electric.

GE WattStation by fuseproject

The cylindrical devices flare out towards a circular LED interface on the top and have a retractable cable.

GE WattStation by fuseproject

The stations are to be installed across Europe, America and Asia.

GE WattStation by fuseproject

Here's some more information from Fuseproject:

The collaboration between GE Ecomagination and fuseproject has led to the GE WattStation, an electric vehicle charging station that is designed for public and private spaces.

GE WattStation by fuseproject

fuseproject's vision for the WattStation is an electric-car-charger design that is as durable as street furniture, as visible as a light beacon, and as beautiful as street greenery.

GE WattStation by fuseproject

The WattStation design needed to break all paradigms of the typical large scale, angular and brash “gas pump". To achieve our goal, a new soft and distinctive friendly icon is expressed through a cylindrical body that flares toward the top and becomes the circular interface. The UI screen faces the user at a “service angle” for optimized ergonomic comfort, and its surround lens houses a useful and informational graphic interface. The LED light ring indicates to the driver whether the WattStation is available (white), fully charged (green), charging (red), or out of order (yellow).

GE WattStation by fuseproject

The WattStation comes imbedded with GE's Smart Grid technology which enables the station to charge a vehicle in 4-8 hours compared to the typical 12-18. By communicating wirelessly with digital platforms and mobile devices, users will be able to remotely locate, operate and monitor the unit. The WattStation is also the very first charging station with a self-retractable charging cable, keeping streets tidy while protecting the cable from weather elements. All of these innovations are jammed tight into a compact metal shell, which is solidly constructed to withstand any harsh weather and usage conditions. It even has a built-in heater to defrost the snow!

GE WattStation by fuseproject

The WattStation will be planted all over the US, as well as Europe and Asia. It will promote the deployment of renewable energy for electric vehicles worldwide.

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Posted on Wednesday July 14th 2010 at 12:20 pm by . Copyright policy | Comments policy

  • Jon

    if that ‘thing’ ever appeared in my street then i’d move… and i wouldn’t be driving away in an electric vehicle

  • Josh

    Very nice looking design.
    I think some of the functionality of the cord should be looked at again. Unless the cord has an automatic return mechanism the cord will never return to that coiled position and that part of the design is lost.

  • Barthlomew Hasegawa-Ito

    @ Josh – I think you’re right. Unless the charger is like “the very first charging station with a self-retractable charging cable, keeping streets tidy while protecting the cable from weather elements,” this thing is going to be a bust.

  • m

    I’ve been holding similar designs at the Dutch Design Week, it works perfectly. @Jon, I’m puzzled why these power stations would be a reason to move away? They defenitely look better than the average parking ticket machine.

  • norm

    it’s great, but so it takes 4-8 hours to charge a car, which is fine, you can leave it when you’re at work or perhaps overnight… but what happens if somebody unplugs the chord, while you’re away?

  • Thomas

    Context people! it all depends on the context! it’s Not the same to try this in London than U.S.A., or somewhere else…

    Infrastructure… I wish they could explain how it would be implemented… I love the design, but for me… it would be more transcendent if they focused on the whole system instead bringin another object to make streets look beautiful… any designer could do great on the “WattStation” design…

    Design goes beyond of a simple and immediate need…

    It would be great if there were more design projects showing how to intervene on the electric system development behind this final result… I’m a Designer and I know we can do more than this.

  • BRian

    Has any vandalism testing been done?

  • Wadi

    I think it is a bit too big. It should have more the datum of a bollard rather than a ticket machine. It shoud almost disappeare in the landscape and safe space on the pavement. It looks defenetly better then the most parking ticket machines, but still a bit too loud.
    Good luck with the project!
    I can’t wait to take my bike mask off in the city!

  • @norm—That is a reallly good point. I wonder if there is a locking mechanism. Yeh, you could issue everyone that uses the system a key, to add with their car key, but that’s only a deterrent not a preventative. Hmm be interesting to see. We all know there are enough bored people out there that would go around at night and unplug a whole street.

  • Jon

    @M – comparing aesthetics to that of a parking ticket meter is ridiculous. If that’s you bench mark then you could make the unit look like a giant dog turd and we’ll all say it’s a vast improvement of parking ticket meters. The unit must fit it’s environment effortless and be sympathetic to it’s habitat. At an extreme level, i’d not want one of those units outside my quaint thatch cottage – understand my point? In terms of the service in which this unit is trying to provide, then i think it’s amazing! It provides a cheap, clean and easy means to help facilitate personal/public mobility which is one of the best gifts of freedom for man kind. Great product, but poorly delivered

  • tanya telford – T

    due to the comments above and the street renderings which imply quite a gap between the vehicle and charger i can’t help but try to imagine version’s where by could it click onto wheel’s of parked car, or be fitted more into the curb or something like that, (just some ideas),

  • norman

    I am dismayed that this is the best that GE can do. There is still the issue of the coed traversing from the side walk and the issue of the various locations of plugs on the Autos. And what about SAG of the cord. And how about the tension on the plug from the rewind. And how about snow and Ice? GE needs to re think how or who they line up with…it is very modern but not very functional. Try again!!

  • Jam

    Vandalism and unplugging are good points but there's also a legal nightmare- if someone "trips" on the chord how much can they sue for?

  • Chazman

    This is a smooth design on a simple product. They will improve. Powered by the grid, it melts its snow, so could easily light up it's fairly light cord. You may not want one in your back yard, but you might enjoy public wi-fi if there were one down the street. I want to know how GE will address all the different plug connectors that are bound to emerge. This wasn't rocket science when they built charging stations in California in the mid-90's, but they only had one model car and plug.