I think I now have about 5 apps for locating charging stations. Which ones does everyone use? It can be very time consuming checking multiple sources. I have greenlots, evgo, chargepoint, plugshare, chargehub and the chevy app makes Six! Save me!
There are many Level 2 stations that are not on a network. Most Level 3 are networked. Many networks are regionally distributed. For instance, we have few or no Blink or SemaCharge stations on routes I take. I found that if I have too many apps that are "searching" whenever I get in a WiFi range, it uses up my data minutes. I uninstalled the "never used" apps.
All apps I have tried seemed to "know" when a fast charger was unavailable (being used by someone else), although I never checked those out. None of the apps I have tried "knew" when a the particular charger I was going to visit was not working.
I have made so far 4 attempts to fast-charge.
#1 . Dead, but resurrected by a remote over the phone #2 . Same outlet as above, on a different occasion - working normally #3 . Zombie, with the screen giving the following number to call: (000) 000-0000 to call, literally. Zero you-know-what's given. #4 . Dead and gone - no company name, no number to call
Conclusion: Would be great to have n app that can monitor the charging stations' functionality in real time, as they do the availability.
Chargepoint is recommended by Chevy because they have a deal w/Chevy - Chargepoint is one of the biggest nationwide charging networks and is a good app/account to have with your Bolt
1. most app's are charging network centric - i.e. they only show their chargers
2. plugshare is crowd source chargers - they show any charger the "crowd" has reported - therefore they come closest to show all chargers, not just one specific network
chargepoint, plugshare apps are the two minimum apps that I recommend someone have in their car
I also recommend having a tablet "in the car" paired with the Car's WiFi network and a charging cable - leave it in the car and install your EV apps on it - and you have maps and charging information at your disposal for road trips - you can buy a refurbished 64 gb iPad wifi mini for $289 and just leave it in the car…
another growing charging network is evGO, but so far I'm unaware of any app (other than Chargepoint) that shows their charging stations