GE is backing away from a plan it announced more than two years ago to buy 25,000 electric cars for its small army of fleet cars.
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Speaking at an automotive conference in Detroit, General Electric CEO Jeff Immelt expressed his company’s commitment to the long-term development of alternative-fuel vehicles, namely electric ones.
GE is introducing a solar powered carport designed for charging electric cars that uses solar panels that produces enough energy every year to power 20 homes with electricity.
Rather than a home unit, the carport is intended for public usage, with six charging stations allowing for a total of 13 EVs to be charged each day. Since the carport is connected to the grid, the unit can both draw and feed power, depending on the amount of electricity required.
The first carport will be installed in Connecticut, but expect to see this kind of technology elsewhere in the future.