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Upper-level Ford executives are sending mixed messages about the power of plug-in vehicles, but in the companies parking lots across North America, at least, the signal is clear: come on and charge your EV.

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Sometimes finding a working, compatible EV charging station can be a challenge. Web and mobile maps full of outdated data have caused issues for EV owners looking to find a place to juice up on the go. We experienced firsthand the difficulties of old data in the charging infrastructure. (The charger we were told to go to didn't have a proper connector.)

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General Electric's WattStation home charging stations are damaging the on-board chargers of some Nissan Leafs, causing GE to acknowledge issues with the station and to work with Nissan on solving the issue, according to recent reports.

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It's not too difficult to make the case that PayPal has already played a large role in the modern resurgence of electric vehicles. After all, Elon Musk – now the CEO of Tesla Motors – made a nice chunk of coin selling the online payment service to eBay before coming to the EV company. Turns out, the circle is coming 'round again with General Electric's announcement that its EV chargers will soon accept PayPal.

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Yes, you can make some extra cash by letting electric-vehicle drivers charge up at your house.

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Nissan and GE shared a booth at the SAE World Congress in Detroit recently to emphasize the way the two companies want to connects your car and various appliances to the emerging smart grid.

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Coda Automotive has named electric-service franchiser Mr. Electric as its "preferred" installer of electric-vehicle charging stations.

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Two years after it was saved by a federal government bailout in the U.S., General Motors is over in China trumpeting its latest investments there.

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We doubt that charging your electric vehicles using solar will become passé any time soon, but when it does, at least we have options when comes to fossil fuel-free electrons. Urban Green Energy is teaming with General Electric to create charging stations that funnel power from the wind directly into your EV's batteries. They even have a clever name: the skypump.

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GE's wall-mounted WattStation residential EV charger

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GE WattStation ad – Click above to watch video after the jump

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GE WattStation – Click above for high-res image gallery

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GE WattStation – Click above for high-res image gallery

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