Electric cars are gaining popularity these days. However, the most common concern among the drivers is the availability of the electric charging stations. Though there are many such charging stations coming up in most of the countries, they are not as common as the gasoline stations. But there are many user-friendly applications being launched that help you to locate such EV charging stations nearby and in other areas. By using these applications, you can discard all your worries and drive peacefully.
Given below are 8 iPhone apps for EV owners to locate nearby charging station:
1. Coulomb's ChargePoint app now provides EV charging station status
Coulomb has come out with the latest update to the ChargePoint application for BlackBerry and iOS. It helps you to identify the charging stations in Europe, Australia and the United States. Apart from that, it can also give you the real-time status information, like total cost of charge and the charging station configuration, etc. New additions include view your home ChargePoint, search for nearby ones and a new landscape mode.
2. Electric vehicle owners find the juice with new iPhone app
PlugShare is a recently launched application by Xatori Inc that helps the user to locate private and public charging stations around North America. It can be used for iPad, iPod and iPod Touch devices. Soon it can be used for the Android devices too. It also has a map of the plug-friendly spots. Apart from that it lets the non-owners to share the household electricity. Though only some sharing members have such a kind of facility, it can be used by latest generation of electric vehicles like Chevy Volt and Nissan LEAF etc.
3. MyFord smartphone app gives electric vehicles remote control
Ford has recently come up with the MyFord smartphone application for Android, BlackBerry and iPhone to help Focus Electric drivers to keep tabs on their vehicles from a distance. The owners can now make smart trip planning with features powered by MapQuest. It maintains the largest database of charging stations.
4. Recargo: An Essential App for Electric Vehicle Owners
This application is ideal for the car owners in the US. It helps to find the EV charging stations located nearby with the help of the Google Maps esque interface. You can hence plan your trip according to the availability of the charging stations. So you can continue to drive without worrying about the power running out.
5. Nissan develops iPhone app to monitor EVs
Along with the three electric vehicles that Nissan plan to introduce on August 2, it will also reveal its iPhone application that lets the owners to monitor the battery level of the car. They can be used when the owner is far away from the vehicle and see how much time is needed for full charge, public stations and the cost of fill up etc.
6. BMW Evolve App
Evolve is an application that helps the car drivers to have a feel of the electric vehicles. This application is available for Android smartphones and iPhones. You need not own an electric car for using this. People who are looking forward to buy an electric vehicle but are concerned about the charging and driving range etc can use the EV. With this, you can start daily with a driving range of 100 miles. At the end of your drive, the application will provide you with the details about how much time you drove, charged and parked. It will also tell you about the carbon emissions and the gallons of gas that can be saved, some common concerns among the traditional car drivers.
7. Blink Mobile Application to Help Electric Vehicle Owners Find Charging Stations
If you are planning to get an electric vehicle then it is a good way to save the expensive fuel. However, the most common concern for the drivers of EV is the presence of EV charging stations. However, this anxiety can be easily overcome by using the Blink application. It can tell you where the nearby charging stations are located. You can also check the current status of the stations whether they are in use or not and the change in the status.