Recargo, the company which sells PlugShare, has introduced a new feature for it — PlugScore.
The main feature of PlugScore is its rating communication system, which enables electric car drivers to use their mobile devices to see how other charging stations have been rated. You can also help other drivers by rating the charging station yourself, and writing a review for it. This way, they won’t have to drive all the way to them to be surprised by inconveniences, such as incompatibility, unreliability, or any other issues stations might have.
For example: If a charging station owner claims it is free, and you find that you had to pay for it, you can actually state on PlugShare that a fee is required, or write that in your review.
Drivers can even ask other users how much longer they will be using the charging station, so they can decide whether or not it makes sense to wait, the COO of Recargo, Forrest North, told me in an interview.
Naturally, this all makes trip planning easier and more effective.
“PlugScore takes the guess-work out of picking a charging station and works much like a restaurant rating system,” said Brian Kariger, CEO of Recargo Inc. By aggregating user scores, drivers can assess whether a charging station is right for them before they arrive, and avoid those which are often broken, busy, or inconvenient.
PlugScore is available for Android devices and Apple’s iOS devices (including a version developed specifically for the iPad to utilize its large screen). And the PlugScore app is also integrated into the PlugShare website.
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