One of the best apps for EV drivers since I’ve been in and writing about the EV industry is PlugShare. It will find you charging stations of all types in your area or wherever you go — anywhere in the world. As a crowd-sourced project, EV drivers help each other by adding information and pictures about the charging stations they use, and are particularly helpful in “checking in” and sharing whether the chargers are working or not. with timestamps. If a charger is down, you can see it through the app without wasting your time going to the station. If a new station is added but not online yet, you can see it – or you can see when it’s online. Users can also add the rate (kW) at which they were able to charge, which is useful because a station’s actual charge rate is sometimes quite different from its official rating.
PlugShare has now reached a milestone in its contribution to the life of electric vehicles: users have “registered” on the app 5 million times.
Additionally, the number of EV charging stations on the app increased by 50% from June 2021 to June 2022, from ~400,000 to ~600,000.
Additionally, the company recently reached 2.5 million registered users!
The app has been “part of the EVgo Inc. (NASDAQ: EVGO) family since mid-2021,” and EVgo has shared news of these recent milestones.
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EVgo shared more about how the app works and how it helps EV drivers around the world: “As an interactive resource for EV drivers, PlugShare allows users to easily locate and navigate to chargers , filter results based on their preferred network, charging speed or connector type (CHAdeMO, CCS, J-1772, Tesla) and share real-time charging station reviews around key factors such as nearby amenities or charging equipment performance.These community feedback directly informs a station’s PlugScore, which reflects the charging experience of recent drivers. users at stations improves the accuracy of these PlugScores, providing an increasingly valuable service as millions of new electric vehicle drivers They are navigating through their first electric vehicle charging experiences.
PlugShare’s network showed that the industry’s exponential growth continued into 2022. In the first half of this year, it added almost as many EV fast charging stations as it did in 2021. Globally, the number of DC fast chargers has exceeded 100,000. That’s a 50% increase in just one year, or a doubling every two years.
In Q2, the total number of EV charging station locations on PlugShare increased by 21.9% and the total number of chargers increased by 25%. This is “the largest quarterly increase in the history of the platform”.
“Providing valuable data and tools to help improve the daily charging experience for electric vehicle drivers is critical to our business, no matter where they charge,” said Dan Wheeler, director of digital marketing at PlugShare. “Our growth in overall user numbers and engagement directly demonstrates how drivers are increasingly using digital tools to make real-time charging decisions, and we’re excited to see this influx of user contributions so that we are helping to support the growth of electric vehicle adoption around the world.”
You can now also pay for the recharge on PlugShare. “Pay with PlugShare” allows you to start a charging session directly from the app and also pay for charging.
For more on EVgo’s recent business development, see: EVgo Inc. Reports Second Quarter 2022 Results.
Or read more EVgo or PlugShare stories here on CleanTechnica.
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