By teaming up with Amazon.com, GE Energy is hoping at least a few holiday shoppers this year might decide on just such a purchase. It announced today that its GE WattStation Wall Mount electric car charger is now available to US customers who browse the online retailer’s website.
“We believe the product is well-suited to an online purchasing experience,” said Sergio Corbo, chief marketing officer for GE Energy’s Industrial Solutions business.
Why buy a special EV charger when the garage outlet is just sitting there unused? Because a Level 2 charger like the WattStation can provide a full-cycle charge for a 24-kilowatt-hour electric-car battery in four to eight hours, GE says. By comparison, a full charge on that standard wall outlet will take around 12 to 18 hours. Plus, GE notes, the WattStation comes with built-in fuses “to provide overload protection in the event of a fault occurrence.”
At $1,099.00 (with free Super Saver shipping), the WattStation would make for a pricey stocking stuffer. Still, for the electric-car owner who has everything else … maybe?