Range anxiety sufferers rejoice! If you've ever worried about running out of juice in your electric vehicle (EV) or are perhaps putting off even buying an all-electric because of the nascent state of the charging infrastruture, there is now, as they say, an app for that. PlugShare is a new service that not only lists and maps out current public charging stations but also allows you and others to share whatever charging facilities exist on your own properties.
Available, initially at least, for users of the iPhone and iPod touch, the free app plugs into the EV community of owners and enthusiasts and gives drivers the opportunity to broaden their mobility horizons. You can view the profiles of other users and their charging facilities as well as contact them via voice or SMS. You can also set your own notification and privacy parameters and get directions to available public or private plugs.
Created by Mission Motors founder and former CEO Forrest North and his friend Armen Petrosian, PlugShare is the flagship product of their new company, Xatori. Check out the explanatory video past the break along with the official press release for more details.
[Source: PlugShare] PlugShare App Now Available for iPhone and iPod Touch
Community-Driven Electric Vehicle Charging Network to Accelerate EV Adoption
March 8, 2011 – Xatori Inc., an electric vehicle software company, today announced that the PlugShare App is now available for iPhone and iPod touch in the iTunes App Store. The application is free and available for download here.
PlugShare is a community-driven electric vehicle (EV) charging network that allows iPhone and iPod touch owners in the United States to share their outlets with one another. PlugShare users can choose to share 240v J1772 plugs (compatible with the latest generation of EVs, such as the Nissan Leaf and Chevy Volt) or standard 120v outlets. The App also includes an up-to-date listing of public charging stations.
With the PlugShare App, users can:
· Share electricity with others
· Browse a listing of public charging stations
· View profiles of other PlugShare members
· Call or SMS other PlugShare members
· Search for places to charge
· Connect with other EV owners and enthusiasts
· Set privacy and notification settings
· Get directions to shared outlets or charging stations
Users can freely browse the map of PlugShare members and charging stations, but must create a PlugShare account to view address and profile information. Users don't need a special outlet or an electric vehicle to sign up.
By crowd-sourcing the EV charging infrastructure problem, PlugShare will reduce "range anxiety" or the possibility of running out of power; a common concern associated with EV ownership. PlugShare also offers a direct communication channel for EV owners and enthusiasts interested in accelerating EV adoption and ushering in the new era of oil-free transportation.
"Many people won't have EV's right away, but everyone has an electrical outlet," said Forrest North, CEO. "Sharing electricity from a standard outlet only costs about $0.15 an hour, a small price to lessen our dependence on oil."
For more information please visit the website at www.plugshare.com or follow PlugShare on Twitter at www.twitter.com/plugshare.
About Xatori Inc.
Xatori is a Palo Alto-based company founded in 2010 that builds innovative software for electric vehicles and an enlightened grid. CEO Forrest North was previously founder and CEO at Mission Motors and an engineer at Tesla Motors. CTO Armen Petrosian was previously an engineer at Amprius and on the Stanford Solar Car team. Advisors include Max Levchin (co-founder of PayPal and Slide) and Marc Tarpenning (co-founder of Tesla Motors).