New iPhone App Crowdsources EV Charging

Even though there is electricity everywhere, electric vehicles supposedly face an uphill battle without a formal “charging infrastructure.” But a new app for the iPhone crowdsources private outlets for public EV charging.

The app is called Plugshare, and in addition to providing you with the locations of public charging stations, also informs you of people who may be willing to lend you some juice from their own outlets. The app even lets you contact other Plugshare members who may be willing to let you plug in to their outlets if you’re in need of some juice.

Car communities are very tight nit groups of enthusiasts, whether you’re talking about Mustangs and muscle cars or electric vehicles. To get the most out of this app, you’ve got to create an account, which allows you to contact other members if you’re in need of a charge. Since it was just released this week (and not for the Droid, BOO) there aren’t many people on board. Yet. But this app will be pivotal in connecting EV drivers with one another, and fostering that sense of community so key to all successful automobiles.

Many places are working on installing a proper EV infrastructure, but until then, many EV drivers may have to rely upon the kindness of the EV community to make their commute.

Yeah, there’s an app for that.

Source: Wired | Plugshare

Chris DeMorro is a writer and gearhead who loves all things automotive, from hybrids to HEMIs. You can read about his slow descent into madness at Sublime Burnout or follow his non-nonsensical ramblings on Twitter @harshcougar.

Christopher DeMorro

A writer and gearhead who loves all things automotive, from hybrids to HEMIs, can be found wrenching or writing- or else, he's running, because he's one of those crazy people who gets enjoyment from running insane distances.