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After unveiling its Wattstation commercial residential charger, followed by a wall-mounted residential version, General Electric has reportedly decided that there's no time like the present to place an order for "tens of thousands" of electric vehicles (EVs). Besides, what better way to showcase the benefits of its streetside and home-charging units than to juice up thousands of cars?
Bloomberg reports that GE could jump-start the EV industry with an order for battery-powered vehicles so big that Brett Smith, a vehicle technology analyst at the Center for Automotive Research in Ann Arbor, MI called it, "the biggest order to date I'm aware of, by a lot." GE chief executive officer, Jeffrey Immelt, also said that once the order is placed, it will immediately become the largest in history. Immelt would not identify the total amount of battery-powered vehicles that GE plans to order, though he did suggest that up to half of the company's sales team of 45,000 strong will drive electric vehicles. At this time, there's no word on which automakers GE will turn to for purchasing its EVs, but we'd assume that both Renault and Nissan will be in the mix. A finalized announcement, expected in about a week's time, should fill in any remaining blanks. Hat tip to lne937s!
[Source: Bloomberg Business Week]