When people start driving an electric vehicle (EV), there are typically two questions that weigh on their minds: How far can I go without being stranded and how charged is my EV it at any given time?
Xatori, a Palo Alto-based technology company, came up with a way to help alleviate the stress that can come with the first question with its spring 2011 launch of PlugShare. PlugShare is a mobile app touted as the nation’s most extensive vehicle charging network database. Drivers can view maps showing more than 5,000 public and private charging stations available to them across the U.S., so they never have to worry about being stranded. Users can add stations, post reviews and get in touch with other EV enthusiasts.
“Range anxiety was real,” said Forrest North, CEO and co-founder of Xatori. “PlugShare was made to address the real issue of feeling uncomfortable that an EV driver would be stranded.”
Since PlugShare’s launch, the app has been downloaded 35,000 times and there have been about 10,000 visits to the website. “We were surprised how quickly we tapped into the field of EV enthusiasts,” North said. “It’s pretty great that there is a community out there excited about EVs.”
Now those EV enthusiasts have even more to be excited about. Today, Xatori releases its newest EV application, GreenCharge, in the iPhone App Store. The mobile application addresses that second question that plagues EV drivers: “How much charge do I have?”