Industrial design firm fashions a charging station

  • 17-Aug-2009 05:03 EDT
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Seeking a stylish look for its new electric vehicle charging station, GreenlightAC of Washington, D.C., chose a woman-owned industrial design consultancy in New York City, SnS Design. Greenlight launched its ChargeBar in May. "I developed a sleek design with clean lines and a simple uncluttered user interface that reflected today's lifestyle," said SnS owner Nisha Sawhney. "The design stressed ease of use, user safety with unique socket lighting, and power cord security systems to make charging simple, secure, and safe." The units can be installed at homes and at driving destinations and offer 120- and 240-V charging. GreenlightAC products are open-source (no user membership or proprietary technology required), and they can be quickly and easily deployed, according to the company. The ChargeBar is designed so that it fits cleanly and unobtrusively into commercial and institutional buildings, parking lots, and homes or apartment garages. "We designed it to appeal to a wide range of potential EV users and building and facility owners and operators," said Sawhney. The unit has illumination on top and bottom to make it easy for the user to locate the ChargeBar in a dim environment. First installations are expected in the third quarter of 2009 at work locations in the D.C. metro area.

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