Drivers of electric cars can now access an app called PlugShare that shows a map of charging stations in their area.
The PlugShare app was created by a Palo Alto-based start-up called Xatori which focuses on software for electric vehicles such as the Nissan Leaf and Chevy Volt.
PlugShare is available for iPhone and iPod touch users for free via the iTunes App Store. Xatori also plans to release PlugShare for Android soon.
The app allows drivers to share their own charging locations with each other. Users can contact other electric car owners and ask for permission to recharge. PlugShare users have to create an account to view address and profile information.
Other features of the PlugShare app include:
*Browse a listing of public charging stations
*Call or text other PlugShare members
*Set privacy and notification settings
*Get directions to shared outlets or charging stations
"Many people won't have EVs right away, but everyone has an electrical outlet," said Forrest North, CEO.
"Sharing electricity from a standard outlet only costs about $0.15 an hour, a small price to lessen our dependence on oil."