Electric Car Drivers Receive New Ways to Find Charge Stations
Google, along with many other companies, are banding together to create what is to be called the GeoEVSE Forum. The goal of the group is to provide support for those who drive any type of plug-in electric vehicle, more specifically to help them quickly locate charging stations nearby. Any EVSE compliant charging station will even have its own GPS and mapping available to the user. Google Maps will provide the basic backbone for the location system, though all the major upkeep and management of the database will be entrusted to DOE itself. Users will be able to sort by the charging speed of individual stations from their search results. The system will also include listings for hydrogen, natural gas, or other petroleum alternative fuel sources. So far some Best Buy locations as well as charging station manufacturers, like Coulomb for instance, have signed on to the project. The new online infrastructure should most certainly improve the general population's opinion of the sustainability of alternative fuel source vehicles.