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PHOTO CAPTION: Fuseproject's GE WattStation electric car charger.

GE Debuts WattStation Electric Car Charging Station

Designed with demanding urban environment in mind, the WattStation is creation of Yves Behar.

Published: 16-Jul-2010

By Jim Motovalli

Yves Béhar, the Swiss-born designer who founded the San Francisco-based fuseproject, may be best known for his work on the $100 “XO” laptop computer, but that may change with the General Electric WattStation 220-volt public electric car charger.

“In scale it’s much closer to a parking meter than a gas pump,” said Mr. Béhar, who designed the WattStation, in an interview before the product’s introduction in San Francisco on Tuesday. “It’s not very high — you approach it much like you would a bank teller machine — and the display is angled toward your eyes. It is very much speaking to you directly, and it’s a soft-looking shape with no angular elements.”

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