I am a computer engineer who programs web apps and websites, so naturally I had an idea early on for a mobile web app about EVs. There are already apps from Chargepoint and Plugshare that help you locate charging stations (you can also do it on google maps). But I had an experience about two weeks into driving an EV that opened my eyes to an issue that I think most of us will experience a little culture shock … sharing! Specifically, sharing public EV charging stations.
I am pretty religious about monitoring my EV charging sessions. I use both the built-in apps for the Volt and Leaf – as well as the various charging station websites. So I was surprised one day when I got an alarm that my car had been unplugged. Turns out someone had driven up and unplugged my car!!!!!!
I did some reading online about different EV drivers experiences with this happening. What to do when you are desperate for a charge and all the plugs are taken?????
So I decided that this was something that was a real issue, one that will only grown in importance as the number of EVs on the road grow and grow.
The following are some of the graphics I developed to explain my mobile friendly web app evgram.me – if you are an EV driver I invite you to help me beta test the app. All you need to do to get started is to join evgram.me, and then print out little cards with your unique evgram.me code on it (or a hang tag). So join up for free and let me know what you think.