PlugShare names top 10 electric car ready cities, reaches 100,000 members
The PlugShare smart phone application is one of the essential tools for electric car owners. It is, in effect, a peer-peer electric car charging network in which electric car owners share their charging stations with other PlugShare members. Xatori, the creator of the PlugShare service, announced today their service has reached a major milestone with 100,000 users and 11,000 charging stations. To go along with this announcement the company released some interesting electric car ownership statistics.
PlugShare is one of the smart phone applications that help electric car owners find charging stations. It shows a map of with markers listing the available charging stations. While some of these stations are part of the Blink or ChargePoint networks, most of the listed charging stations are owned by individuals who are offering their own charging stations for use by others.
It is not a charging station network in the same way that ChargePoint or Blink is. Both of those are commercial charging station networks operated by businesses, while the charging stations listed by PlugShare are a mix of commercial and privately owned. On the other hand, PlugShare lists over 11,000 charging stations, making it bigger than ChargePoint and its 9,000+ stations.
Both PlugShare and its sister application, GreenCharge, are free to install and use and there are no membership fees. What PlugShare gains through these applications is a lot of data about electric car usage and the spreading electric car charging infrastructure.