Originally published on EV Obsession.
Ashley Horvat, VP of Strategic Initiatives at PlugShare, gave a 30-minute presentation at the EV Transportation & Technology Summit to explain PlugShare and also discuss the West Coast Electric Highway.
PlugShare is the most popular charging station locator app/website in the world, and I’ve used it many times. Still, I learned a few things from Ashley’s presentation, so I figured I’d highlight them below the video in case they were new to you.
(You can view Ashley’s slides here.)
Very usefully (I think), PlugShare has launched a “Pay with PlugShare” program whereby you can pay at a variety of different charging stations just using the PlugShare app. If this got adopted widely enough, it could simplify EV charging payments since you wouldn’t need to carry around multiple charging network cards.
Interestingly, PlugShare “powers” the browser system in Tesla’s cars.
The Kia Soul EV and some other automakers also have their navigation systems “powered” by PlugShare.
Getting one charging station installed in an area often stimulates the installation of several more charging stations by others.
For much, much more, check out the full presentation.