I was wondering how Volt owners go about finding charging stations- do you use an app or the vehicle's technology itself? Is it possible to find charging stations in the Volt's dashboard (for example as a POI) or to use OnStar services?
To add, the new Volt has Android Auto (maybe the Apple version too), so you could use your phone and display some info that way. The Volt doesn't have this built in as it has the gasoline fallback, for better or worse.
You will want to sign up for ChargePoint, the metered charging stations all seem to be ChargePoints. Plugshare will identify non ChargePoint charging stations also. The non-ChargePoint stations that I've encountered haven't been metered, they are just EVSEs that are setup in a parking lot. The ChargePoints that I've used have all been free, I think the power company is getting green credits by subsidizing the stations.
As the others have said, Plugshare is a great app. It's on iOS, Android and has a website. It's community based, so you can see info that other EV drivers have shared about a particular charging station. IE: Whether or not it's metered, how to access it, etc.
I do internet research before I travel. ChargePoint lists locations. The Department of Energy provides the location of charging sites. In Colorado, I pay a small registration fee on my Volt to help create a grant covering 80% of charging station costs. I find charging stations at all university parking lots; Whole Foods, Kohls, Hampton Inn are a few commercial entities that encourage charging stations. Envision sells charging stations that are off-grid, solar-powered, and can be installed into any lot without permits. City of Boulder has a few of these stations. City of Golden has charging stations in a free downtown parking ramp. Aspen has a charging station in a pay parking ramp, making it worthless. Estes Park charges so much for its charging station use that gasoline is cheaper for Volt owners due to the slow charging rate. http://www.afdc.energy.gov/fuels/electricity_locations.html
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