Need to find a charge for your electric vehicle? Google's got directions

Need to find a charge for your electric vehicle? Google's got directions

Summary: I figure it was only a matter of time before Google decided that its massive geo-information database could be put to use as a means of helping drivers find charging stations for their electric vehicles.Sure enough, the company has teamed up with the U.

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I figure it was only a matter of time before Google decided that its massive geo-information database could be put to use as a means of helping drivers find charging stations for their electric vehicles.

Sure enough, the company has teamed up with the U.S. Department of Energy to help point the way to charging stations. The partnership is part of a $5 million investment that the DEO is making to help accelerate the deployment of electric vehicle infrastructure. As communities flip the switch on new stations, Google will use its Google Maps service to create an online network of all U.S. charging stations. That database will be used to feed information into the maps used by vehicle global positioning satellite (GPS) systems. There are already 600 or so charging stations listed as part of the Alternative Fuels and Advanced Vehicles Data Center. More broadly, the DOE-Google partnership will help expose the efforts being put forth by metropolitan areas participating in the Clean Cities Program.

As Google builds out its database, should be interesting to see how this dovetails with efforts for companies such as PlugShare, which bills itself as the largest "network" of electric vehicle charging stations in the United States. What makes PlugShare interesting is that it includes not just more than 1,000 public stations but also 1,500 private outlets. It lists both 240-volt J1772 plugs (compatible with cars such as the Nissan Leaf and Chevrolet Volt) and standard 120-volt outlets.

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  • Good to know...

    Good to know, since you'll need to recharge your Leaf's batteries for 6 hours every 50 miles.
    WarhavenSC
    • RE: Need to find a charge for your electric vehicle? Google's got directions

      @WarhavenSC
      Electric cars are quite advantegeous compared to hybrid since they lesson the consumption of gas and more importantly, they help in environment most especially in reducing carbon, which is the main cause of global warming. with the help of this google features, customers could easily find where to have their vehicles charge like emission for example. On the other hand, they could also look for replacement parts like <a href="http://www.partstrain.com/ShopByDepartment/Headers">headers</a>,bumper covers etc.
      carleenmuscor
  • tipping point

    I think electric cars are coming to a critical mass point. As more people try them out, more charging stations will become available. With more stations available it becomes more practical to drive an electric. If you have an app on your phone for the closest charge it becomes very user friendly. Imagine if your favorite restaurant could charge your car while you were eating. With a 240 volt connection they could deliver 6KW per hour. If you take an hour to eat lunch and figure 15 cents per KW, that would add 90 cents to your bill.
    lylelwr
    • RE: Need to find a charge for your electric vehicle? Google's got directions

      @lylelwr,

      Do you really think you're going to be charged the current per KwH rate? I doubt it. You will be gouged as if your vehicle uses gasoline. It's only human nature. Charge what the market will bear. Want a charge? That'll be $20.

      The only place you'll be paying at base electric rates is home.
      WindowWasher
  • RE: Need to find a charge for your electric vehicle? Google's got directions

    I ddon't really know but if everyne would change to electric cars where would all the power to charge them come from?
    Joe Dufflebag
  • RE: Need to find a charge for your electric vehicle? Google's got directions

    This will be great push for electric cars. The biggest fear is being stranded with no electric to charge and continue. Soon a whole list of <a href="http://www.slickcar.com">auto accessories</a> will be available for the electric cars too.
    cglardo