Ricardo Unveils New PEP Charging Station at NAIAS

As you know by now, the 2010 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) features its own, dedicated electric avenue, with manufacturers of both cars and EV technologies being able to display at the Cobo Center their creations and solutions.

Among them, Ricardo and PEP Stations, who together unveiled the new electric vehicle charging station on which they have worked in the past year. Much like a regular gas station, the PEP station will allow drivers of electric vehicles to access electricity for their vehicles.

The working principle behind the station is as straight forward as it gets. When a vehicle connects to the PEP Station's 220V power supply, the station recognizes a connection and the LCD screen prompts the user to accept the price per hour of connectivity,

The customer then selects the amount of charging time required and the station begins charging or asks for a credit card to be swiped for authorization. The electricity is automatically discontinued when the station detects the car has been fully charged or when the time set by the user is up.

"The first question most people ask when they begin to toy with the idea of owning an electric vehicle is, 'How much will I save in gas?'. Equally as important as the first question, the second question is, 'Where will I charge my vehicle?' That's where we come in. As the electric vehicle market begins to flourish, consumers will need a convenient, reliable and easily accessible way to charge their vehicle outside of the home," PEP Stations President, James Blain, said at NAIAS.

"It's that simple. The PEP Station does just that in a safe, reliable, user-friendly, 220V charging station that can easily be installed at commercial destinations."
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