Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Apps for your EV

We all have goals. Some are S.M.A.R.T. while others are just aspirational. But when you have the support of the government, aggressive investors, then the momentum continues for General Motors. Their recent announcement involves a bold target of 500,000 electric vehicles (EVs) sold by 2017.

How? With what? Smartphones.

Two of the biggest barriers associated with EV technology is not the infrastructure, but generally psychological range anxiety and public charging costs.

The solution behind that is one app called WayPoint designed for the GM Spark EV - set to launch in 2013. This is by no means a California zero emissions manate (aka compliance vehicle). Owners can buy them outright, and the app is designed to assist drivers plot a route and locate public charging stations along the way.

Another app in the works is Park-Tap-Charge (PTC). This app shows drivers the estimated hourly cost for charging (full and half times for level 1 or level 2 outlets), and can be conveniently handled through PayPal. In my opinion with Onstar and other perks programs, I can foresee badger/point/accolade programs on the horizon whereby Volt drivers compete for MPG goals. Not a bad goal to have for our future economy.

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