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UPDATE: Plugsurfing: Europe’s largest community network of charging stations

10 January 2012

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Thanks to Plugsurfing, a new EV charging online network, European EV owners don’t have to worry anymore about range and insufficient public EV-charging infrastructures. The service includes 13,000+ public and private charging points localizable via the app or the website. Plugsurfing will soon have 22 apps and website services in 16 languages across Europe, Asia and Australia. The Danish and Spanish services launched recently are part of wider expansion for 2012 .
The beta version of Plugsurfing.org was launched in September 2011.
Electric mobility now benefits from a new social network: Plugsurfing is the first European online community of EV charging poles users. This new tool combines successfully the technical aspects of a charging network with all the functionalities of a social network.

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.



Comments

Adam Woolway

Thanks for the support! We are currently looking for partnerships in UK, France, Germany, Holland, China, Japan, Sweden, Spain, Portugal, Norway and Denmark. If you like the idea of PlugSurfing and think we could work well together then contact me on adam.woolway AT plugsurfing.com
added 2011-11-08 16:48:13

Adam Woolway

And we\'re now up to 9000 charging points! Adam
added 2011-11-08 16:53:27

Aurelie Messina

Thanks for your comment Adam, the article has been updated. Good look in finding partners! Kind regards, Aurelie
added 2011-11-08 18:13:38

Aurelie Messina

In the US, ChargePoint America (from Coulomb Technologies) also offers a website and smartphone apps to locate nearly 5,000 charging stations. It\'s recently been integrated to the Nissan LEAF website: chargepointamerica.com/charging-find-stations.php
added 2011-11-18 12:19:41

Anonymous

Stolen data? For sure: copied without quoting the source. My name and my private 10 kW charging point appears in the list. I was never asked. For sure: these data are copied from the well know lemnet.org. Roland Reichel, Germany, 91365 Weilersbach
added 2012-01-15 11:49:34

Aurelie Messina

Dear Roland, Thank you for your comment. We apologise for the misinformation. Could you give details on who you are accusing to have stolen data? Do you mean cars21.com or PlugSurfing.com? Kind regards, Aurélie
added 2012-01-16 11:17:39

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