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EV Charging App, Data, & Community via ChargeHub

Originally published on CleanTechnica.com 

The first few weeks one drives an EV, the world opens up. One adventure follows in the wake of the last. At common recharge points where you stop to give your car some juice, new (to you) parks and streets become new junctures in the routes that make up your daily routines. Naturally, you have to find these charging stations.

PlugShare and ChargePoint are popular EV charging station apps that I referenced in some recent articles, but a similar app, ChargeHub, offers similar usefulness to PlugShare but also some unique features and intricate EV data. Within a single user interface, ChargeHub shows stations from the following networks: ChargePoint, Blink (now CarCharging), Tesla, SemaCharge, Sun Country Highway, Electric Circuit, NRG eVgo, VERNetwork, OPConnect, Greenlots, Aerovironment, and more.

In recent days, I compared EV charging spots, availability, and pricing with this new (to me) phone app wherever I went.

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The app helps you:

  • Find top EV charging spots. (You can filter by charging type (private, Level 1, Level 2, DC Fast, available or busy, charging network, open 24/7, free, at a hotel, connector type, and minimum power.)
  • Share pictures on the app or enjoy someone else’s view.
  • Leave comments about specific charging stations.
  • Plan a trip.

With interactive apps such as this one, community also improves the EV charging network along the way.

Quietly pulling up in front of a green flowering park (or something similarly pleasant) is the new normal, and ChargeHub makes that easy.

EV Charging Station Park

At this park, the fast charger is only for charging, not parking. I have a brief, speedy walk around the park for some exercise, and then I am back to the EV to move on so another EV can use it. The Nissan LEAF does charge up rather quickly. Photo by Cynthia Shahan | CleanTechnica

Besides my helpful dash charging info, I have been relying on PlugShare and ChargePoint most frequently. But ChargeHub is a great new discovery that I am loving.

In addition to the app, the bloggers on the ChargeHub blog offer a window into the ongoing EV story — including blogs from one of CleanTechnica‘s occasional writers. “Blindmannofish” (Brian Kent) has been documenting his EV adventures in colorful details as he drives his Nissan LEAF around all 48 contiguous US states — stretching the LEAF’s range into unexplored EV realms. Check out his Negative Carbon Road Trip section of the blog for that.

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Image by Brian Kent via Negative Carbon Road Trip via ChargeHub.com/blogs

ChargeHub is simple to install. Download the app here. It takes about a half of a minute. It is now easy to compare on my phone with PlugShare and ChargePoint, and I’m curious which I’ll end up using the most.

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Oh, but that’s not the end. ChargeHub offers charging station market data. The company writes: “ChargeHub aggregates complex data from a number of sources into a single database. The data is also augmented from a community of real drivers that deal with the charging infrastructure every day.”

ChargeHub market data

We’re not done yet.

If you are looking to connect with other electric car drivers regarding charging or another issue, ChargeHub offers communication with other users with the in-app messaging system. Perhaps this is helpful if you need to unplug a user’s electric car (you could then coordinate your charging) or ask for any other info you need to charge your EV. It is nice to connect with others prioritizing clean air initiatives by driving electric.

The ChargeHub App is free and is available on iOS and Android.

Related Stories:

ChargePoint Rolls Out Charging Station For Fleet

Map Showing Location Of EV Charging Stations In Manhattan… In 1923

Planning A Trip From EV Charger To EV Charger

 
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