When you switch to an electric vehicle, you may rely a little more than usual on your smartphone to find places to refuel. You can no longer go to the gas station around the corner or just before you exit the motorway. First you need to be a little more strategic with refueling, but with the help of apps that direct you to EV charging stations near you, you will find that customization is easy.
Most popular app for finding charging stations: PlugShare
PlugShare is one of the most famous EV charging station finder apps around the world as it is incredibly comprehensive. You can filter the card by plug type, including Level 1, Level 2 and DC fast chargers. Best of all, however, is the community of EV users who update various charging stations with detailed ratings, location descriptions, photos, and even nearby amenities like WiFi or public restrooms.
Download: PlugShare for Android | iOS
An oldie, but a goodie: Google Maps
At the time of this writing, Google Maps doesn’t have all of the trimmings of some of the best EV charging station apps. People don’t often post photos of the location, in-depth reviews, or charge point availability, but Google Maps is still a great resource when you’re on the go. Especially when you have a car like that Polestar 2that is built into Google’s apps and services that connect customers to their Google accounts and cards. All EV charging stations are integrated via Google Maps, which is integrated in every Polestar 2. So you never have to hectic looking for a charging station again.
In some countries, Google Maps pulls data from other EV charging station apps. Knowing that it doesn’t take Google long for the maps to include as much information about each charging point as you need, buying an EV like the Polestar 2, which has it all built in, is a good move.
Download: Google Maps for Android | iOS
Most innovative charging app: EVmatch
EVmatch also helps you find hundreds of EV charging stations around the world, but the business model is slightly different. EVmatch offers users a peer-to-peer network where you can easily find private charging stations for electric cars via the app, reserve them in advance and pay for them. This means that in addition to public charging points, you may also be able to pay your neighbor or local business owner to use their private charging point! Live in an apartment complex? Check if your neighbors would be interested in installing a charging station for tenants and the general public.
If you have a private charging station at home, you can also get involved in the community and make extra money by renting out your charging station. With EVmatch you can also filter by connector type of the car charger, as well as charging speed, daily and hourly availability, instant booking and price. Think of it as Airbnb for charging stations!
Download: EVmatch for Android | iOS
Most democratic charging app: Open Charge Map
Open Charge Map doesn’t have many of the bells and whistles that other charging station apps have. You won’t necessarily find comments and ratings, but as the name suggests, this is an open source project to develop a source of charging station data for consumers and organizations. It is hosted and supported by a community of corporations, charities, developers, and others.
This non-commercial, non-service-oriented app is a fairly straightforward app that provides you with addresses in the vicinity, the distance from home, business contact information if applicable, and the current charge level and status of your car. Open Charge Map claims to be the world’s largest open register of EV charging stations and prompts users to submit charging location information to improve the database of nearly 136,000 units in over 67,500 locations.
Download: Open the charge card for Android | iOS
Best app for the future EV owner: MyGreenCar
If you want to buy an electric vehicle, you are likely to reduce your environmental footprint and save money in the long run. MyGreenCar gives you a virtual test drive that shows you how much money you can save with a greener car based on your driving habits and needs. The app automatically records your driving and compares your annual fuel costs, operating costs, CO2 emissions, fuel consumption, electric vehicle range and charging needs with the cars you are interested in. So if your commute involves a lot of start and stop traffic, the app will record that. If you drive long distances, drive up and down hilly terrain or have a lead foot, MyGreenCar will remember this too!
You can also use the app to answer questions about range, whether a hybrid is paying off and how your current car compares to others on the market.
Download: MyGreenCar for Android | iOS
Best site for EV information: Electric Vehicle Database
While the EV database isn’t an app that you can find on the App Store, it’s an incredibly valuable resource for those interested in the world of electric vehicles. Whether you’re comparing your electric vehicle with others, planning your next car, or making suggestions to friends, this database is incredibly extensive.
You can filter by brand, price, body style and availability. It is important to note that prices are estimated for specific countries and do not include any direct incentives that local governments might offer to EV buyers. However, the pricing for Great Britain includes the direct incentive “Plug-In Car Grant”.
Visit the electric vehicle database here.
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Published on December 15, 2020 – 09:43 UTC