Department of Energy, Google Mapping Public Electric-Car Chargers

Most modern navigation systems can locate nearby gas stations, but how will electric-car drivers locate places to juice up their vehicle’s batteries? The Department of Energy is building a database of publicly-accessible electric-car charging stations using Google Maps.

Google and the DOE are partnering to create the GeoEVSE Forum, which aims to build a comprehensive database of public chargers across the nation. The information will be available to makers of GPS and mapping software, and accessible via Google Maps at the Alternative Fuels and Advanced Vehicles Data Center website. The database currently lists 600 electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE) locations nationwide. Users can search by location, charger type, and even available payment options. Sadly, we doubt any are as lavish as the concept charging station Audi unveiled at the Design Miami show last December.

According to CNET News, the project will also include collaboration from groups like charging-station manufacturer Coulomb Technologies and retailer Best Buy, which plans to install chargers at some of its stores. The GeoEVSE Forum is reportedly designed to help build public trust in electric vehicles by making the charging infrastructure more easily accessible.

Would you be more willing to drive an electric car if you had an easier way to find charging points? Let us know in the comments section below.

Sources: CNET News, Department of Energy

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Dakar Wego
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