GE Energy Industrial Solutions Hosts Congressional Visit at Mebane, NCCongressman and staffers tour production site, learn about GE's role in developing EV infrastructure
MEBANE, N.C., August 10, 2011 - Rep. Howard Coble (R-NC), a senior member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, visited the GE Energy Industrial Solutions Mebane plant to learn about the future of electrification and to view GE's portfolio of electric-vehicle (EV) infrastructure products and solutions built in this advanced manufacturing facility.
Congressman Coble, members of his staff, and officials from the office of Rep. David Price (D-NC) greeted employees, toured the plant, reviewed the manufacturing process for GE's new EV Charging Stations, plugged the charging stations into the EVs and then test drove electric vehicles.
"Your dedication and commitment to our technology and mobility future will help revolutionize the landscape of transportation in America – and throughout the world – here from Mebane, N.C.," Coble said. "Your innovation at this plant will lead the future of EV electrification with global solutions that are good for the community and good for the environment."
GE Energy Industrial Solutions installed 22 GE EV Charging Stations in the greater Raleigh area, giving EV drivers new options to stop, plug-in and recharge fast. These Level 2 charging stations feature four- to eight-hour charging times compared with 12- to 18-hour standard charge times with Level 1 charging – assuming a full cycle charge for a 24 kWh battery.
Over the next five years virtually every automobile manufacturer in the world plans to introduce a plug-in hybrid or battery-powered electric vehicle. GE has provided electrical-distribution products for more than 100 years. The Mebane site is home to many of the products and solutions that make up GE's portfolio of end-to-end solutions – including the charging stations, such as the award-winning GE WattStation*, circuit protection equipment, and transformers that touch every part of the electric-vehicle ecosystem and enable GE to lead wide-scale EV adoption.
GE (NYSE: GE) is an advanced technology, services and finance company taking on the world's toughest challenges. Dedicated to innovation in energy, health, transportation and infrastructure, GE operates in more than 100 countries and employs about 300,000 people worldwide. For more information, visit the company's Web site at www.ge.com.
GE also serves the energy sector by providing technology and service solutions that are based on a commitment to quality and innovation. The company continues to invest in new technology solutions
* Trademark of General Electric Company
and grow through strategic acquisitions to strengthen its local presence and better serve customers around the world. The businesses that comprise GE Energy www.ge.com/energy - GE Power & Water, GE Energy Services and GE Oil & Gas - work together with more than 90,000 global employees and 2010 revenues of $38 billion, to provide integrated product and service solutions in all areas of the energy industry including coal, oil, natural gas and nuclear energy; renewable resources such as water, wind, solar and biogas; as well as other alternative fuels and new grid modernization technologies to meet 21st century energy needs.
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