Department of Energy teaming up with Google to map EV charging stations

2011 Chevrolet Volt
2011 Chevrolet Volt

For most people younger than 40, the fact of the matter is that at least one of Google’s services plays an integral part of one’s daily routine. And for us Android users, Google’s presence is not only integral, but extremely pronounced.

As America pushes toward gasoline-independence, more and more EVs hit US roadways. The problem for the early adapters however, remains the scarcity of public charging stations. The DoE is working towards solving the issue of finding these locations through the creation of a database of publicly-accessible charging stations. The product, dubbed GeoEVSE, is being completed in partnership with the biggest geo-location based services provider in the world; Google.

The database currently indexes 600 electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE) locations across the country. When complete, the information will be available to makers of GPS and mapping software, and accessible through Google Maps. Users will be able to filter their search through criteria such as location, charger type, and payment options.

It is also reported that charging-station manufacturer Coulumb Technologies, and electronics retail giant Best Buy will also be collaborating. Best Buy is said to have plans to install chargers at some of its locations.

– By: Stephen Calogera

Source: MotorTrend