Top apps and websites to find EV charging stations
We know that the majority of EV charging happens at home or work. But where do you charge when those places aren’t an option? Gas stations are easy to find and pretty much always front and center. Unfortunately, this isn’t the case for the majority of EV charging stations. Many EV drivers turn to their favorite apps or websites to plan their route or find a charger near them. We’ve taken a look at some of the more popular options.
PlugShare is a product from the company Recargo, that is based in El Segundo, CA. PlugShare is “the leading app for EV drivers” as it acts as a community for EV drivers, but more importantly, guides users to public charging locations around the world. According to their website, the PlugShare app has been downloaded by 800,000 unique users.
Back in 2011, Google Maps added EV charging stations to its list of features. A charging station is represented by red GPS marker with a white charging station on it. The best part of using Google Maps to locate an EV charging station is likely that you get to also use Street View so you can see exactly where the charging station is. However, from personal experience, many stations are missing.
Open Charge Map
Open Charge Map is a non-commercial, non-profit services hosted and supported by a community of businesses, charities, developers, and interested parties around the world. Their goal is to work with those stakeholders to develop and provide a high quality, public, free, and open database of charging equipment locations globally. As of April 2018, their map lists 121,874 charging stations in 61,178 locations.
ChargeHub is said to be a vibrant community of more than 100,000 users and a dedicated team committed to improving the charging experience from the home to public places. Together, they contribute to the development of a more user-friendly EV charging infrastructure in the U.S. and Canada. According to their website, users are able to find every charging station in Canada and the USA with their live-updated map.
Chargemap offers the largest map to find charging stations in Europe. Their mobile app allows drivers to add pictures, comments, charging stations, and other useful information. Their map lists 55,733 charging places with 181,384 stations to plug into, and a member base of over 160,000. The app is based in Europe but has listing around the world.
EVSE Providers and OEMs
Companies like FLO and ChargePoint also offer their own maps for customers. The maps not only list their own charging stations, but also other options for EV drivers, so they aren’t left without a charge. Electric vehicle manufacturer, Tesla, also offers a map that shows its supercharger network.
As EVs continue to increase in popularity, the demand for a better charging infrastructure is also needed. Until EV charging stations are as ubiquitous as gas stations, many drivers will have to rely on these great apps or websites to find a charging station when they are in need. Luckily, EV drivers are passionate about their vehicles and band together to create strong communities that help improve the user experience of these mobile apps and websites.
Is there an app or website you use that we didn’t mention? Let us know in the comment section below.