Coulomb Technologies has released a free app for the iPhone and iPod Touch platforms which allows electric vehicle operators in North America to locate nearby ChargePoint charging stations; identify whether or not a given station is available; find recharging locations along a given route with a trip mapping feature; calculate energy use; and receive updates about their vehicle’s charging status.
|Trip mapping function in Coulomb’s iPhone EV charging station locator app. Available charging stations are shown in green, while charging stations that are in use are shown in blue. Click to enlarge.|
ChargePoint networked charging stations are available for installation from 120 volts to 240 volts AC charging and up to 500 volts DC charging.
Last month, General Motors announced similar apps for its Chevrolet Volt extended range electric vehicle (E-REV), to be available on iPhone, Android, and BlackBerry smartphone platforms. (Earlier post.)
Nissan has indicated that their Leaf electric vehicles will be able to email their owners when the vehicles are fully charged, and many electric vehicle manufacturers are expected to incorporate charging station location services into EV navigation systems.