Do you need to recharge your electric vehicle? These apps can assist you: The podcast Talking Tech

Greetings, listeners. Brett Molina here. Welcome back to another episode of Talking Tech. If you’ve been paying attention to the news, you’re probably aware that gas prices have risen to unprecedented heights. According to the most recent AAA data, the current national average for gas per gallon is 4.25. It was only about a month ago that it was 3.47. In comparison, gas was 2.80 a gallon a year ago, which seems like an eternity ago now. As a result, some people are probably thinking to themselves, “Perhaps now is a really good time to think about an electric vehicle.” Obviously, one of the major advantages is that you can plug the car in at home and never run out of gas. As a result, you save money on gasoline. In some cases, maintenance costs are less than those of a traditional gas vehicle. But, for some, one of their main concerns might be: what if I’m driving somewhere and there’s no place to charge, and I’m stuck?

It’s referred to as range anxiety. It’s clear that some people are concerned about it. They’ll invest in this EV and then, say, take it on a road trip, where they’ll have to figure out where to recharge it. They’re also stumped as to where and how it works. And this is causing a lot of concern. Fortunately, assistance is available. Marc Saltzman, a colleague and tech columnist, has written about this in a storey on tech.usatoday.com. He focuses on apps that can help you locate charging stations for your electric vehicle. Super helpful, especially for those who are concerned about where they will be able to charge their car. PlugShare is the first app that he mentions. It’s a fantastic app. This is, after all, what you do. It not only assists you in finding charging stations for your vehicle, but it also offers charging advice.

You can also do other things, such as check a station’s real-time availability. You can see how it appears. It includes descriptions of the stations. You can save locations as bookmarks, so if you go to the same place a lot, you can save a good place to charge your car. It has a road trip planner if you’re planning a trip. So, not only will it show you how to get to your destination, but it will also show you where you can charge to assist you. This is extremely beneficial. ChargeHub is another app that Marc mentions in his storey. It’s also completely free. It contains a list of all charging stations in the United States and Canada. Depending on your needs, you can filter down. You can also get alerts for things like when a public charging station is open, so you can go in and charge right away if you need to. If you need it, you can also get a lot of really detailed availability data.

So, it’s extremely beneficial. A Better Routeplanner is another one that Marc mentions. It’s a website that’s also available as an app for iOS and Android. You’ll create an account, select your vehicle, and enter your destination. The app will then create an itinerary for you and show you all of the suggestions it has for good places to stop and charge your car. A premium version is also available. It can accommodate a variety of vehicles. You can also share your routes with other people. You can also look back at previous trips you’ve taken. It also has a lot of other real-time information, such as weather and traffic. So, it’s extremely beneficial. Again, if you’re on the fence about electric vehicles and are concerned about a scenario in which you won’t be able to find a charging station, these apps can be extremely useful.

Visit tech.usatoday.com for more on Marc’s advice and to read more of his column. Let’s hear from you, listeners. Do you have any suggestions for shows, questions, or technical issues that you’d like us to look into? @brettmolina23 is my Twitter handle. Remember to subscribe, rate, and review us on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, or wherever you get your podcasts. Talking Tech is what you’ve been listening to. We’ll return to… Allow me to repeat that. Talking Tech is what you’ve been listening to. We’ll be back with another quick hit from the world of technology tomorrow.

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