EV Charging Station Locations Apps PlugShare vs ChargeMap vs NextCharge ... and 11 more

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Electric vehicles or, EVs are becoming more popular as the world is looking to reduce its use of fossil fuels. Most industrialized countries (cough-cough, most...), all agree that a collective effort is immediately required by EVERYONE to help reduce the world's dependence on environment stressing, carbon-based fossil fuels and pollutants.

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With a rise in EV usage, the need for organized apps that help users find charging stations is also growing. Although there are thousands of EV plug-in stations throughout the world, finding them while on-the-go can sometimes be challenging.

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Below we discuss a variety of apps that are all designed to help EV owners locate public and semi-public charging stations. Please keep in mind that a lot of the EV charge locator apps below are relatively new, and as such, may not have a lot of ratings/reviews. Because of this, we encourage you to test out as many as you can and to leave feedback when possible.

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Method 1: PlugShare

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PlugShare is one of the most trusted and used EV charging station locator apps worldwide.

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With 90,000+ plug stations covering the largest EV networks in both the US and Europe, PlugShare comprises the largest community of electric vehicle drivers in the world.

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    1. Easily pay for charging directly with your device.
    2. Filter station results by electric vehicle compatibility.
    3. 400,000+ user reviews.
    4. PlugScore™ ratings give users detailed station reviews, ratings and photos.
    5. Pay for charging directly through your phone.
    6. Quickly add new stations as you find them.
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    1. Free version.
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    1. PlugShare can be downloaded from Google Play and iTunes.
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Method 2: ChargeMap

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ChargeMap for Android and iOS is a helpful app for EV drivers with 135,000+ plug locations across Europe.

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ChargeMap users have contributed over 100,000 images, and posted thousands of comments about various charge stations covered by ChargeMaps.

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    1. Fluid and easy-to-use interface.
    2. Easily save preferred locations.
    3. Check plug availability in real-time (most locations).
    4. Compatible with a ChargeMap Pass.
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    1. Free version.
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    1. ChargeMap can be downloaded from Google Play and iTunes.
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Method 3: NextCharge

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NextCharge by Go Electric Stations is a comprehensive charge point location app that covers 100,000+ locations.

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With two easy-to-view modes, map or list, NextCharge makes navigating smooth and effortless.

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    1. Quickly find charge points in your vicinity.
    2. See reviews, availability, and itinerary.
    3. Add new locations with easy button format.
    4. Supports four languages; English, French, Spanish and Italian.
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    1. Free version.
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    1. NextCharge can be downloaded from Google Play and iTunes.
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Method 4: EV & Tesla Charging Stations

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The EV & Tesla Charging Stations mobile app is a great tool for US and Canadian based EV owners.

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In addition to an intuitive and smooth user interface, this app provides users with information on surrounding amenities to help pass the time while their EV's charge up.

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    1. Covers over 40,000 EV charging locations across Canada & the US.
    2. Rate and add comments to plug locations you visit.
    3. Supports color-coded, real-time availability on the following EV charging networks; Blink, Hydro Quebec's Circuit Electrique, Chargepoint, and AddEnergy ReseauVER.
    4. View traffic conditions on routes to and around charge stations.
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    1. The EV & Tesla Charging Stations app can be downloaded from Google Play and iTunes.
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Method 5: ChargePoint - Find EV Charging

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ChargePoint is another widely used EV charge station app that allows Android users to tap their devices to begin charging.

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Users can see up-to-day information on thousands of plug locations, all in real-time on an interactive map.

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    1. Smart search locates charge plugs closest to you.
    2. Create a favorite list of charge spots for quick access in the future.
    3. User can receive real-time notifications on the status of their charge.
    4. With selected devices, users can tap their phone at a location to begin charging.
    5. Satellite view available.
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    1. Free version.
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    1. ChargePoint can be downloaded from Google Play and iTunes.
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Method 6: Azra Resea

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Azra Resea invites users to join one of the largest private networks of fast-charging EV stations in Canada.

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With a strong ideology in EV technology as a means to a greener future, Azra Resea takes pride in the fact that each member contributes to a cleaner world.

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    1. View on a map station availability on various networks near you.
    2. Safely and securely transfer funds and view transaction history.
    3. Get notifications upon charge completion.
    4. Save all your favorite locations.
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    1. Free version.
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    1. Azra Resea can be downloaded from Google Play and iTunes.
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Method 7: Zap-Map - EV charging points UK

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Zap-Map by Next Green Car is a great tool for UK EV owners to pinpoint charging stations with ease and precision.

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Supporting over 400 locations and 6000 devices, Zap-Map displays information on both larger and smaller EV plug networks across the UK and Republic of Ireland.

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    1. 4000+ stations, 6000+ devices and 12,000+ connectors.
    2. Detailed information on; network, location, charging power, connector type, pricing, etc.
    3. Easily navigate to locations with Google Maps integration.
    4. Dynamic network availability status supported for the GeniePoint and POLAR network (more coming).
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    1. Free version.
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    1. The Zap-Map app can be downloaded from Google Play and iTunes.
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Method 8: e-kWh

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Another handy mobile app for European EV owners, e-kWh can quickly locate thousands of public and semi-public charging stations.

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Users can activate a station using SMS verification via the app, to enable quicker transactions.

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    1. See the next available station closest to your location.
    2. Interactive and dynamic map of thousands of charging stations.
    3. Easy hassle-free billing.
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    1. e-kWh can be downloaded from Google Play and iTunes.
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Method 9: Superchargers For Tesla

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Superchargers For Tesla is the mobile app that connects users with a dynamic database of worldwide Superchargers.

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Aggregating its info from SuperCharge.info, the app adds some nice mobile-optimized features for the savvy EV owner.

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    1. Variable range circles inform users on how far they are from each Supercharger.
    2. Detailed status updates; see availability and number of free charge stalls.
    3. View photos of locations and surrounding taken by other users.
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    1. Superchargers For Tesla can be downloaded from iTunes.
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Method 10: Alternative Fueling Stations

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The Alternative Fueling Stations mobile app helps users locate non-traditional fuel source stations, directly from their mobile device.

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Find stations by current location, or perform a custom search to extend the results radius.

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    1. Locates stations that offer; electricity, natural gas, ethanol (E85), propane, hydrogen, and biodiesel.
    2. View stations in either map or list view.
    3. See location information; phone number, address, hours, accepted payment, etc.
    4. App collects data from the U.S. Department of Energy's Alternative Fuels Data Center.
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    1. The Alternative Fueling Stations app can be downloaded from Google Play and iTunes.
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Method 11: EV Stations Hawaii

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EV Stations Hawaii by NIN Inc is a mobile optimized tool for finding available EV charging stations on the four major Hawaiian islands.

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Hoping to alleviate the anxiety of EV distance challenges, EV Stations Hawaii gives users a real-time tool to ensure they can always locate a charging station.

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    1. Locate stations nearest you or do a map or keyword search.
    2. Search for charge station on all four major islands; Oahu, Kauai, Maui and Hawaii Island.
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    1. EV Stations Hawaii can be downloaded from Google Play and iTunes.
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Method 12: LEAF EZ-Charge

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Powered by PlugShare, LEAF EZ-Charge accurately locates public EV charge stations by network and charger type.

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Users can quickly find plug stations that deliver up to an 80% charge in 30 minutes, with a few swipes and taps.

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    1. Simple to setup route planner to get to charge locations with ease.
    2. Stay up-to-date with new charge stations near you.
    3. Browse reviews, rating and images of charge sites.
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    1. The LEAF EZ-Charge app can be downloaded from Google Play and iTunes.
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Method 13: Open Charge Map

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Open Charge Map by Webprofusion provides users with an extensive registry of public EV charging stations around the world.

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Based on the open source project, openchargemap.org, all information shared by users is publicly available and fully transparent.

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    1. Easy user interface with built-in Google Maps.
    2. Create favorite locations for future visits.
    3. Search locations via satellite view.
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    1. The Open Charge Map app can be downloaded from Google Play and iTunes.
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Method 14: EV APP - Electric Vehicle Charging Controller

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This particular app is designed for users to control their personal charging stations remotely, from anywhere with their iPhone or iPad.

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MAGNUM CAP's EV APP gives users total control of their EVs charging system with useful operational settings and features.

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    1. Real-time controls of charging/discharging.
    2. Schedule automatic charge operations in advance.
    3. Get detailed data reports on various variables such as charge/discharge speeds.
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    1. Electric Vehicle Charging Controller can be downloaded from iTunes.
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Although still in its infancy, EVs are a huge step in the right direction of moving away from non-renewable energy sources. Mobile apps that locate charging stations are a huge plus for EV owners, as traveling long distances is an ongoing challenge and can deter people from making the change.

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