• Mar 13th 2011 at 9:13AM
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Google Maps shows charging stations near San Francisco, CA

Last week and without much fanfare, Google added plug-in vehicle charging station locations to its U.S. mapping service. In a blog post on March 9th, the Internet search giant said that it had teamed up with the U.S. government's National Renewable Energy Laboratory to display chargers listed on its GeoEVSE Forum.

Finding a plug-in vehicle charging station through Google Maps couldn't be any easier. Users need only type "ev charging station near _____," inserting the name of a U.S. city or area in the blank. For example, the map pictured above was generated by typing, "ev charging station near San Francisco" into the search box on the Google Maps site. So, the next time that you're plug-in is running low on juice, grab your smartphone and punch in Google Maps to locate the nearest charging station.

[Source: Google Lat Long Blog via All Cars Electric]

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      • 4 Years Ago
      The Alt Fuel Prices.com provide a map of all the alternative fuel prices and fill stations for the entire US: http://www.altfuelprices.com/
      • 4 Years Ago
      People like to mock the first early baby steps of technology... this is why we have alpha testing. It's not going to work perfectly from day one.

      I tested my area and found a charging point only a few blocks away, and through that found the ChargePoint site and app that shows you locations plus info on whether the stations are in use or not.
        • 8 Months Ago
        I am a charge point user. They only display their charging sites. (so far at least).
        Plus even they need to show more details about the location, esp. on the iphone app.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Its almost completely useless if it can't tell you whether the charging point is available or if it is in use. (or if someone is parked in front of it and not using it)
      • 4 Years Ago
      does anybody get a correct hit for an non-English speaking country? I know one here, but that one doesn't work.
      • 4 Years Ago
      • 4 Years Ago
      Still a lot of noise in Google... ev charging gives me a location that offers no charge coat checks, and a Toyota dealer that offers some insurance free of charge...
      • 4 Years Ago
      It works for London, UK too, but for Bristol finds 'charging' and 'station' as separate entities. leading to credit card charging points, radio and tv stations appearing, but no electric vehicle charge points!
      Be careful out there!
        • 8 Months Ago
        The problem is that it isn't specific enough, it includes listings for places that have "Charging" or "Charge" or "EV" in their references. For Modesto California, it listed a retirement home that "charges Medicare" for services - obviously not anything to do with electric vehicles!

        Much better to use a reference from EV enthusiasts that are very specific.
        • 8 Months Ago
        It's pretty much the same as the way a google search works anyway.
        If there are no actual EV charging stations in the area queried, it will do the best it can and fill in with whatever it has on individual words and so on, but there is a weighting to try to stay relevant.
        Search the US as a whole for instance to see what I mean, or large areas.
        You get into trouble in areas where there are no or few actual ev charge stations.
      Robert L Simpson
      • 4 Months Ago

      Try http://www.plugshare.com/

      • 4 Years Ago
      Instead of trying to get maps.google.com to understand English phrases, if you follow the link to GeoEVSE Forum you learn that the DoE's "Alternative Fuels and Advanced Vehicles Data Center (AFDC) contains the locations of nearly 7,000 alternative fueling stations", and that this ALREADY has a query system that displays results using Google Maps:

      Seems to be a pretty good list, but oddly this doesn't show the ChargePoint station at Los Altos City Hall

      A quick comparison with other maps:

      http://www.mychargepoint.net/find-stations.php has real-time in-use status but only ChargePoint (CoulombTech) stations. I dislike its UI that zooms in too close when you click on a station for more info.

      http://www.altfuelprices.com shows prices (sometimes) but seems quite out-of-date: it shows nothing in Los Altos, Mountain View, or Palo Alto.

      If you are using maps.google.com, the category it's using is ""Electric Vehicle Charging Station". I don't know how to force it to do a category search, but use quotation marks to search for the phrase, thus
      "Electric Vehicle Charging Station" near 94040
      It missed the same ChargePoint station as the AFDC map.

      It's ridiculous that there's more than one list of charging stations!! Information is not patentable or copyrightable, so there's zero protection for your own listing, so there will be dozens of crappy EV listing and mapping sites, so it's an unproductive waste of effort to promote your own list, so everyone legitimate needs to point to one authoritative list. I wonder what system the automakers are using.
      • 4 Years Ago
      My local search gave me a TV station, a restaurant with food serving stations, another restaurant that accepts charge cards, and a gas station.

      Not very helpful.
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