Van Buren Township, Michigan – A new “pay at the plug” system for electric cars will be on display at the 2010 New York International Auto Show’s EV Pavilion. PEP Stations and Ricardo will demonstrate a credit card-friendly electric vehicle charging station.
Two PEP Stations will be used to charge vehicles for the indoor ride-and-drive track at the show.
Although owners of electric vehicles can charge them at home, drivers require an out-of-home charging infrastructure to allow them to roam with total confidence. The earliest adopters of the PEP station will likely be companies that offer access as an incentive for their employees to drive “green” vehicles.
“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?'” said James Blain, president of PEP Stations. “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.”
The PEP Stations feature a reinforced concrete base, touch-screen interface and built-in point-of-sale terminal. The stations have been developed to complement the release of electric vehicles in the second half of 2010, and production units, including a wall-mounted version, will be available in the fourth quarter of 2010.