Detroit, Michigan – U.K.-based Ricardo, in collaboration with PEP stations, has unveiled a new electric vehicle charging station at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.
The PEP station is intended to build a charging infrastructure as the electric vehicle market begins to grow. Similar to a standard fuel pump, the PEP Station allows electric vehicle drivers to access electricity via an access or credit card. When a vehicle connects to the 220-volt power supply, the PEP Station recognizes a connection and prompts the user to accept the price per hour of connectivity, if credit card payment is used, or swipe an access card. The station then either fully charges the battery or allots the time requested.
The PEP Station at the show is the exclusive recharging station for EcoXperience, the showcase of electric vehicles and green technologies featuring a quarter-mile indoor ride-and-drive test track. Two stations have been installed at the track and are being used as charging points for the vehicles being demonstrated.