EV fueling stations now on Google Maps

Mar 14, 2011 by Katie Gatto weblog

(PhysOrg.com) -- Having an electric can can be a challenge for the owners. Unless you have spent a fair amount of time doing the research and making calls, getting your charge on when you are away from home can present more than a modest challenge. The bottom line is that, for now at least, electric car owners have to deal with an infrastructure problem that is not faced by their fossil-fuel powered counterparts.

Even now, as become mass-market items and the stations that will power them become increasingly more common, finding the power stations is not exactly an easy task. Google is hoping to make a small contribution that will make the life of an electric car owner a bit less like a research project, and a bit more like getting from point A to B without stress. They are adding the locations of electric vehicle (EV) fueling stations to their maps. That way whether you need a quick fill up, or you are planning a cross-country road trip, you will be able to find what you need without having to know where it is already.

Data on the charging stations is being provided by the U.S. Department of Energy's (DoE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). This data is expected to add an estimated 7,000 alternative fueling stations in the U.S., to , along with 600 Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment (EVSE) locations.

Users who wish to find EV fueling stations in their area must simply type in the words "ev " and then click on search. They will then be presented with a map of the area with the charging stations highlighted for easy access.

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TabulaMentis
not rated yet Mar 14, 2011
We also need more natural gas refueling stations, probably more than electric charging stations for the moment.

P.S.: The sub-headline should be "Having an electric car can" instead of "Having an electric can can"
jbarnhill1
not rated yet Mar 15, 2011
Don't discount the merit of the electric can can. Taking an old dancehall standard and infusing it with the infectious jive of the electric slide can only amount to something of great scientific importance.
Alphakronik
not rated yet Mar 15, 2011
Now, if only they'd make a EV that was worth a damn, and under $30k
savroD
5 / 5 (1) Mar 15, 2011
Electric cars need two things to be a success:
1) Ubiquitous charging
2) wireless charging

Everytime and everywhere you park, your car charges. You also can't be hassled by connecting things, so do it wirelessly.
Then blastoff!
DaveGee
not rated yet Mar 15, 2011
Yep... I have to agree on both counts... I'd usually protest wireless charging as a big energy loss... The fact is it's something we may have to give in on for the sake of the technology. Now as for stations... Why not think out of the box just a bit.

Imagine the parking lots at places like McDonalds, or insert your own chain restaurant or your favorite grocery store park and ride lots... Even amusment parks and/or movie theaters... Also the countless parking garages in you favorite city..

These are all places people tend to park for long periods of time...

I'm not talking about redoing their entire parking lot... But perhaps 6 or 8 spots that would be alarmed so anyone without an. EZ-CHARGE RFID type tag that would ensure that only those with the tag can take the space but also provide a method of billing (as needed).

Stores are ALWAYS looking for a way to differentiate themselves...
Beard
not rated yet Mar 17, 2011
Now, if only they'd make a EV that was worth a damn, and under $30k


Keep an eye on Tesla Motors, they are trying to do that by 2015 I think.

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