Does Your EV Need Recharging? Find the Nearest One With These Apps

Does Your EV Need Recharging? Find the Nearest One With These Apps

evHybrids and fully electric vehicles have exploded in popularity over the last decade. Why are more people buying hybrids and EVs?

Cost efficiency: Electric vehicles are generally not cheap. A Tesla Model S can cost around $71,070, although in some states, you can take advantage of incentive schemes that reduce the price or provide tax breaks. You can also choose to buy the unit using financing or leasing.

Fuel savings: Hybrids, for example, have a special technology called regenerative braking, which converts the energy commonly considered as waste during braking and slowing down into electric energy, which is the kept in the integrated battery. Once the fuel has been used up, the car then automatically shifts to electric. Electric vehicles can also shut the engine off when not in use or in an idle position. Fuel savings when you change to hybrid can be around $8,000 a year.

Environment friendly: One of the reasons why governments are encouraging their people to change their conventional cars to EVs is to lower carbon emissions. EVs have a significantly reduced carbon footprint than combustion-driven cars.

However, a very big issue with these types of cars is charging. Since they run on batteries, they have to be recharged like any other device such as your laptop or mobile phone. You can set up a charging station in your home, but what if you lose power while on the road? Depending on the car, fuel efficiency, and driving skills, a recharge that’s around 8 to 10 hours is good for about 80 to 120 miles.

Luckily, as the popularity of electric vehicles grows, more and more EV charging stations are popping up to allow EV drivers to charge while they’re out and about. When you want to know the closest charging station, you can download the following apps:

EV ChargeHub’s EV & Tesla Charging Stations Map App

Cost: Free

Available in: Android and iOS

This nifty app covers more than 20,000 locations within North America. Since it’s a map, it offers detailed directions how to get to the charging station and even presents places around it in case you want to eat or enjoy some entertainment while waiting for the process to complete. Moreover, the app lets you search according to networks like Blink or Chargepoint, as well as the type of charge it does (whether super fast or EV plug). If you need help, there’s a direct line that connects you to a customer network. Most of all, the app may show only available EV plugs so you don’t end up wasting your time. If there’s one improvement you’d definitely want to see, it’s price search and indication.

Plugshare

Cost: Free

Available in: Android and iOS

Many users love this app because of its more accurate direction and address for charging stations. It’s also updated quickly because it’s crowdsourced. In fact, it can already point you to around 50,000 charging stations. A very distinct feature of the app is its ability to display private charging stations. These are mainly homes with owners kind enough to let you use theirs.

Blink

Cost: Free

Available in: Android and iOS

If you’re using Blink chargers, this one is for you. The charging stations are already pinned on the map, and all you need to do is to tap it to get more information like charging level and status.