The world’s largest electric vehicle charging network system has passed 100,000 users and 11,000 charging stations across North America, up from its initial starting point at 500 stations when the service launched last year.
Xatori Inc. is the owner of the application, PlugShare, which allows users to log on via their smartphone, tablet, or computer to find and share public and private EV charging stations.
Available on both the iTunes and Google Play app stores, PlugShare allows users to find public charging stations, share private charging spots, add and edit information, check-in, add photos, and review various locations.
PlugShare also has a sister application, GreenCharge, which allows owners of the Nissan Leaf, Chevy Volt, or Plug-in Prius the ability to log in and connect with your vehicle, check the car’s charging status, enable or disable climate control, and turn on or off the charging. The app is only available in the iTunes App Store, but is free.
To celebrate its milestone user numbers, Xatori released statistics gathered from both PlugShare and GreenCharge which show the top 10 “electric vehicle–ready” cities in the US, based on public charging locations.
The leading cities based on public charging locations per 100,000 residents are:
|4.||SF Bay Area||6.6|
|10.||Washington D.C. Area||4.7|
“PlugShare’s success is largely thanks to the EV community at large, and we’re committed to helping provide new products and services that help engage with them,” said Xatori Founder and CEO Forrest North. “With the information we gather on charging stations and driving behaviors, we hope to inform the EV industry to continue to develop solutions that support and further the shift to electric vehicles.”