7 Best EV Charging Apps in 2022
Never having to pump gas again is one of many advantages of investing in a completely electric automobile or pickup truck. It comes with several concerns, such as how & where to charge your electric car outside your residence or business. The battery technology has advanced, and the average EV can drive further than ever.
The advancement in battery technology helps alleviate range anxiety, which stops many people from buying electric cars. You may have to use a public charging station for long trips outside your EV’s range.
An electric car owner can use a charging app to locate charging outlets. As the number of EVs rises, the demand for such an app will also increase as EV drivers will look for easy ways to find the nearest EV charging stations.
If you are looking for a niche market for which you can build an app to get great returns, then developing an EV charging app with unique features is a great idea.
In this blog, we have listed some best EV charging apps with their attributes from which you can draw some inspiration to build your EV app.
But before we look at the most popular EV charging apps in the market, let us look at the current situation of the EV charging market.
According to GlobeNewswire, the EV charging station market size was $18.22 billion in 2021, and it is expected to grow at a CAGR of 35% between 2021 to 2028 and reach $115 billion by 2028.
In June 2022, the United States observed 250% growth in the weekly downloads of the leading Electric Vehicle charging apps compared to the start of the year.
After going through the statistics, let us check out the 7 best EV charging apps.
Image Credit: ChargeHub
ChargeHub’s intuitive design makes it easy to find your neighborhood’s best electric vehicle charging stations. When you initially use the app, you’ll see a map of nearby charging stations, and four options—Trips, Map, Community, and Profile—will appear at the app’s bottom. This app’s user interface is so simple that even a novice can figure it out.
Adding a charger to your route and using the ChargeHub app for navigation is simple. In the app, you can find filters for things like minimum kW, connection type, price, and network.
You can edit your EV’s brand, model, favorite chargers, and saved journeys under the Profile area. A charging guide is included in ChargeHub to help new EV owners learn about the numerous chargers, ports, and networks available. This is a fantastic indicator of a user-focused app.
The app’s Community area displays the most recent check-ins, charger reviews, and other actions taken by other users of this app.
Image Credit: PlugShare
The PlugShare app for Android received 4.6 ratings, while the Apple version received 4.7 stars. You may use the app to locate electric vehicle charging outlets, like Tesla Superchargers, in your immediate area or while traveling. This app provides access to over 600,000 electric vehicle charging stations across various networks, such as Electrify America, ChargePoint, EV Connect, FLO, EVgo, Volta, and others. This app allows you to narrow your selection by plug type. It affords users accessibility in real-time.
Road trips may be planned, sites can be bookmarked, users can exchange live information, and charging advice can be obtained from other users.
Regarding aesthetics, information accuracy, and functionality, ChargeHub is without a peer among the other EV charging apps.
Image Credit: EVHotels
The EVHotels app helps drivers save time by searching for a single platform that integrates EV charging and accommodation options. This makes it easier to organize trips and steers drivers of electric vehicles to a hotel that closely matches their requirements. Using the app’s dynamic legend, drivers can easily find hotels with charging stations for electric cars, hotels that don’t have charging stations, or hotels close to EV charging stations.
EVHotels has worked with over 170 different hotel brands located all over the world. Users can even change their hotel choices so that only the brands of their favorite hotels are shown.
Available for iOS
Image Credit: Chargeway
Chargeway is a fantastic trip-planning software with a few bells and whistles. Chargeway helps you determine if you have enough battery life to make it to the next charging station on your route, whether you’re just starting your day’s commute or planning a several-hundred-mile road trip.
To begin locating available chargers, you must first register your electric car. While you may still use the app to find any charging stations, it will only display those compatible with your vehicle.
The best part of the software is the trip planner, which lets you enter your starting point, final destination, and how much charge is left in your car’s battery.
While this may indicate that Chargeway is cautious and only displays compatible chargers with your specific EV, it showed fewer charging stations than other applications, even when the same EV was added.
Image Credit: EVgo
Connecting with the largest network of DC fast charging stations in the United States is easier with the EVgo app. Although not all EVs have DC fast charging capability, those that do may get fully charged in under an hour.
Aside from the pay-as-you-go option, EVgo offers a membership plan and an upgraded “Plus” membership. The EVgo Plus membership costs $6.99 monthly and is a good choice for drivers who need frequent charging. The ability to make appointments and earn rewards points are standard features across all three membership tiers. EVgo stations in certain states charge per minute, while those in others charge by the kilowatt-hour. The idea of tiered membership offers flexible pricing to meet the needs of drivers who need to use fast charging often.
The 800+ EVgo charging stations are fueled by renewable energy, making them a distinctive piece of infrastructure in the United States moving toward an electric transportation sector and clean energy grid.
Image Credit: Volta
There isn’t a more extensive network of free EV chargers in the United States than this one. The Volta app allows users to see if and where chargers are located in various establishments, such as supermarkets, shopping centers, and convenience stores. The app will inform you how long you may charge for free and what charger level it supports.
Typically, you can get two hours of free charging with the option to pay for more. The app not only lets you report problems but also gives you instructions for finding the nearest charger. However, Volta stations may have different operating hours according to local regulations.
Image Credit: Tesla
Anyone who owns a Tesla should use the company’s official app. It allows users to locate any of the Tesla Supercharger fast-charging stations. The mobile app helps the owner track the charging process and receive alerts when the car is fully charged. When leaving the vehicle with a valet, the software lets the owner lock the doors, start the engine from a distance, adjust the temperature, and vent the sunroof from their phone.
There is no perfect app; each one discussed here has its strengths and weaknesses.
If you want to make an EV charging station app, you must carefully analyze various apps to figure out which features are the most popular that you must include in the app that you want to develop.
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