PlugShare iPhone App to Accelerate EV Adoption

Though it can sometimes look like a science-fiction movie, truth is electric vehicles are getting closer to world domination each day. And an app that can accelerate that has just been developed and released by Xatori for iPhone and iPod Touch users.

Dubbed PlugShare, the free app is a community-driven electric vehicle (EV) charging network that allows users in the United States to share their outlets with one another. PlugShare users can choose to share 240v J1772 plugs (compatible with the latest generation of EVs, such as the Nissan LEAF and Chevy Volt) or standard 120v outlets. PlugShare also includes an up-to-date listing of public charging stations.

However, users must create a PlugShare account to view address and profile information. But developers say that a special outlet or an electric vehicle is not needed to sign up.

“PlugShare also offers a direct communication channel for EV owners and enthusiasts interested in accelerating EV adoption and ushering in the new era of oil-free transportation,”
stated the press release.

"Many people won't have EVs right away, but everyone has an electrical outlet," said Forrest North, CEO. "Sharing electricity from a standard outlet only costs about $0.15 an hour, a small price to lessen our dependence on oil.”

Key features of the PlugShare App are listed below:

• Share electricity with others
• Browse a listing of public charging stations
• View profiles of other PlugShare members
• Call or text other PlugShare members
• Search for places to charge
• Connect with other EV owners and enthusiasts
• Set privacy and notification settings
• Get directions to shared outlets or charging stations
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