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GE Energy partners with PayPal to simplify electric vehicle charging


July 12, 2012
By Anthony Capkun

July 12, 2012 – GE Energy’s Industrial Solutions business entered a strategic agreement with PayPal to launch the WattStation and WattStation Connect electric vehicle (EV) charging platform solution.

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The agreement enables drivers to securely and conveniently pay for charging fees through the WattStation Connect mobile app and PayPal. With the app, now available at the Apple iTunes Store, users can locate the nearest WattStation EV charger; check the status of the charger; get pricing details then pay with PayPal.

Here’s how it works: EV drivers use the app to scan the quick response (QR) code on the WattStation charger. The QR code will identify the WattStation and the pricing structure for that charger; drivers then simply pay for the charge via PayPal. In addition to the app, EV drivers can locate the nearest WattStation charging station on the recently launched website, www.gewattstation.com.

“Our full line of EV charging solutions is designed with the end user top of mind,” said Michael Mahan, product general manager, EV infrastructure for GE Energy’s Industrial Solutions business. “This collaborative agreement with PayPal enables us to offer EV drivers a convenient way to charge their vehicles, which is essential to nurturing the mass adoption of EVs in the future.”