13,000+ charging points in Europe
Plugsurfing gives access to its community to a network of more than 13,000 charging points in Europe, making it the largest one existing so far. It includes public and commercial charging stations as well as private ones located in the homes of Plugsurfing fellows.
Users of electric cars, bikes or scooters can locate charging stations at any time thanks to the smartphone application (available for iPhones, Androids and most Blackberries), the website for mobile phones, or directly on www.plugsurfing.org (the website exists in 10 European languages plus Chinese and Japanese).
The recent launch of Danish and Spanish websites is part of Plugsurfing wider expansion that will be completed by the end of Q1 this year. The service will soon have 22 apps and website services in 16 languages across Europe, Asia and Australia.
More than a charging stations map
The use of the service is open to all free of charge on registration via the application, and gives the ‘Plugsurfer’ the possibility to locate the nearest charging point from their position, to recommend some to friends, to pick the best journey based on available charging points thanks to an EV route planning service, to complete information details about charging points and add new ones to the network.
This way, users cooperate to help the community by rating the charging points and adding live comments once their battery is charged. ‘Plugsurfers’ can also put online pictures of the charging point and notify a malfunctioning directly on the application.
American equivalent as predecessor
The Plugsurfing website didn’t come up with the idea the first. In North-America, Plugshare.com, made by the company Xatori, had created before a similar smartphone application. It counts over 4,500 locations in the U.S. and Canada.
In Europe, Chargemap.com was launched 3 months before Plugsurfing and focuses only on France, Belgium and Switzerland. The network has reached more than 3,200 charging points, also to be found via an app or the website.