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Since I am still on the search for my first Volt, I am looking for anything that will benefit me once I get one. What is the best app for charging stations?
Plugshare.

If you decide you want to avail yourself of public charging, plugshare will tell you which charging network a given charger belongs to. For example, chargepoint is very widespread. In fact, new Volts come with a couple of chargepoint cards. To activate a card, you must load $25 of credit into it. Then you draw upon it as you go - monitoring how much is left on the card and loading more into it via their web site.
 

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To activate a card, you must load $25 of credit into it.
Not exactly. You can activate a card and use it at free Chargepoint locations with absolutely no fee or cost incurred. Only upon your first use at a paid (non-free) location will you be charged $25. From Chargepoint's FAQ: "Upon first use of a paid station, your credit card will be charged a $25 deposit which will be applied as a balance on your ChargePoint account."
 

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Not exactly. You can activate a card and use it at free Chargepoint locations with absolutely no fee or cost incurred. Only upon your first use at a paid (non-free) location will you be charged $25. From Chargepoint's FAQ: "Upon first use of a paid station, your credit card will be charged a $25 deposit which will be applied as a balance on your ChargePoint account."
Yeah, I have. Chargepoint card, except every time I wanted to use it, the charging station was broken. Even talking on the phone with the chargepoint guy trying to unlock the cord, no luck. So my card sits unused until so,edaynwhen I actually go somewhere where I can use it.
 

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I only use the Chargepoint (free) at a mall, but you have to understand, in most cases it is not worth using a charge station to plug in.
First, it takes 4.5-6 Hours, it your at low battery. I went to a mall for 30 min, only added 7 miles.
So, Free is Good, I will stop an charge if I'm there.. But, I've not seen ANY paid stations worth using, this cost is too high..
If you get 50 +/_ on a full battery, and it take 4hrs to charge.. The paid places are like $1 to 1:50 an hour..So if you charge for 2 hrs, that will get you about 25 miles.. for $2.00 , why not use the ICE that will get you 45 miles for $2.00 (current price of gas)..
If You could find a charge station that only charges per KW's even up-to 15 cent per Kw would be worth it.

I would suggest,look up EVCS for your area, she what the rate is, and if you need to use it..

Good Luck..
 

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I agree with Plugshare. It can be helpful. For example in Palm Springs it showed a free charger right downtown in a parking garage Very handy. No way would I have found it without the app. Now strictly speaking I didn't need to charge, but it was right downtown where I was going to be, and kept me from having to cold start for a few days.
 

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I only use the Chargepoint (free) at a mall, but you have to understand, in most cases it is not worth using a charge station to plug in.
First, it takes 4.5-6 Hours, it your at low battery. I went to a mall for 30 min, only added 7 miles.
So, Free is Good, I will stop an charge if I'm there.. But, I've not seen ANY paid stations worth using, this cost is too high..
If you get 50 +/_ on a full battery, and it take 4hrs to charge.. The paid places are like $1 to 1:50 an hour..So if you charge for 2 hrs, that will get you about 25 miles.. for $2.00 , why not use the ICE that will get you 45 miles for $2.00 (current price of gas)..
If You could find a charge station that only charges per KW's even up-to 15 cent per Kw would be worth it.

I would suggest,look up EVCS for your area, she what the rate is, and if you need to use it..

Good Luck..
Plus. If you stay 4.5 hours at a mall, you'll undoubtedly spend way too much and fall pray to their evil plan to keep you there with free charging.
 

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PlugShare.

I reached out to their team and they said their developers are working on an Android Auto compatible version set for a future release. Really looking forward to it!
 

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PlugShare.

I reached out to their team and they said their developers are working on an Android Auto compatible version set for a future release. Really looking forward to it!
That's good to know.

I wonder why Google itself doesn't figure out we're in a Volt and offer up charging locations within Android Auto and as an option within Google Maps.

Something else I always thought Google should do is offer an EV mode in Maps. It would provide routing instructions that consider you're in an EV, like a most economical route that factored in regen opportunities, charger locations, etc.

PlugShare is my app of choice, but ChargeHub looks good, too. It has an interesting "unplug request" feature.

I'd like to see an app like GasBuddy that sorts nearby charge stations by price or distance in list fashion. PlugShare doesn't as far as I can tell. ChargeHub will give a list but it appears to only sort by distance.

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...I wonder why Google itself doesn't figure out we're in a Volt and offer up charging locations within Android Auto and as an option within Google Maps.

Something else I always thought Google should do is offer an EV mode in Maps. ....

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Spoken like a true Android / Google Fan !! ;)
You don't think they can do it now? Nothing short of total domination? You woke the giant...:mad:

I like to use Plugshare for finding new chargers when needed.
I use ChargePoint daily for SMS notifications from the charger I use daily. I can't rely on Onstar Mobilelink.
But I really don't open and use either app much. I poked all the metro DCFC stations into my nuvi.

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I agree the plugshare app is essential.
Don't forget to down load the Voltacharging app. The volta network is free (please support the businesses nearby when you use it!).
I have found that not every volta charging station is on the plugshare network.
 

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Spoken like a true Android / Google Fan !! ;)
You don't think they can do it now? Nothing short of total domination? You woke the giant...:mad:
LOL. I've sinned against the great AI in the cloud, haven't I?

The question should have been why haven't they implemented it yet. Of course they know how.

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