Greenlight’s New Electric-Car Recharger

Technology.am (May 19, 2009) — Greenlight is going to launch a new charger for electric cars and plug-in hybrids, but it comes at a price.

car-rechargerThe company says it will work with virtually any electric car or plug-in hybrid, including the upcoming GM Volt.

There is a number of electric sedans are planned for market introduction in the next two years. The ChargeBar can charge both 120-volt and 240-volt batteries.

The charging time for the ChargeBar will be about seven to eight hours for 110-volt cars, and about four hours for 240-volt cars. The charger will cost $3,200 including installation–not exactly cheap. That is the equivalent of 1,300 gallons of gas in California today.

The charger is proposed at the consumer market: indoor garages, family houses, businesses, and institutions such as museums. However, the charger does not have billing mechanism.

Max Brown, partner and co-founder of Greenlight said, “In the release, there is no point-of-charge mechanism, right now it is only about a dollar a day to charge a car.”

The charger unlike the DOE lab smart controller doesn’t have a function that allows car owners to customize their electric charging based on demand and price profiles.

The manufacture of the charger is expected to start in three months, and no orders have been placed yet. Greenlight will primarily market to the East Coast, with deliveries expected in the first quarter of 2010.

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