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Where’s the nearest… Electric vehicle charging station!

If you considering to go green and buy an electric vehicle, the first thing you’ll probably google is if there is a charging station nearby and how well distributed they are in your country/continent.

Where’s the nearest… EV Charing Station?

You could try googling for that information on g-maps and surprisingly a wide variety of searches still don’t turn out to provide me with the results I want to see. “EV charging station locations” isn’t something that google has mapped (just yet).

There is a Map for it!

Well, like the saying goes.. there is an app (map in this case) for it. Plugshare (the OSM/Airbnb of the EV charging world?) has one of the most detailed maps of all the EV Charging stations in the world and it’s truly amazing to see how many EV charging stations are available across the planet.

They also have an API, if you are interesting in using the data for your own app (link to dev page). Another alternative source is Carstations but PlugShare definitely seems to have more filtering options compared to the other website.

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When2Leave? Get an alert when the traffic dies down!

Traffic information can be really useful especially when you have to plan your daily commutes. You can check the map apps for traffic information. Or you can simply get an alert when the travel time between your office and home is, say less than 30 minutes? That’s exactly what When2Leave does.

When2Leave

When2Leave is a simple (web) application that alerts you when the travel time between your location and the destination is below the time threshold you defined. It’s really helpful if you have a flexible schedule and can prioritise traffic over the time you reach home.

When do i leave?

When do i leave?

Doesn’t Google have something similar?

 

Google’s latest updates i.e. Driving Mode (Read: Okay Google, do I stay or do I go now?) does indeed provide a similar service but it doesn’t exactly sent you an alert if the traffic is below a particular user-defined value (at least as far as I remember). Of course, Google Maps can do a whole lot more than just sending you an alert but When2Leave is a pretty nice app that does exactly what it says. An interesting thing is that they use Google in the form for the Geocoder but there is no information regarding their source of traffic info.

Unfortunately, there is no app available for When2Leave at the moment, although they have an ongoing poll asking whether to work on an Android or iOS app first. Nevertheless, you can always check out the web page for now 🙂 When2Leave is definitely a nice-to-have application. Check it out – link to their home page.

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