The world’s biggest electric vehicle (EV) charging network has launched a new services to reduce waiting lines at electric car charging stations.
Waitlist enables drivers to use their mobile phones to “line up” to use a charging station.
As a leader in the EV charging space, ChargePoint drew on data and customer feedback to create a solution that makes EV charging in public/shared spaces, such as workplaces, a more efficient process, both for drivers and station owners.
When a charging station is busy, drivers can use Waitlist by tapping their ChargePoint card on the station to get in line. After a car has finished charging, or reached the time or energy limit set by station owners, drivers receive a friendly reminder asking them to move their vehicle so others can charge.
When a station becomes available, the first driver in line is notified. If they’re busy, they can defer and wait for the next available station. Drivers can also set up waitlist so they are automatically added to a queue every day.
“Our mission is to get everyone into an EV, and as the number of EVs on the road increases, we’re building features that ensure charging and driving an EV is a seamless experience,” said Pasquale Romano, ChargePoint CEO.
“Waitlist provides drivers with the charge they need without any headaches for station owners; they can rest easy knowing our Waitlist capability will make things easier for everyone.”
Waitlist can also be adapted to best fit individual charging station owner needs. For example, station owners can limit how long drivers can charge when the Waitlist service is enabled, helping them maximize use of their stations.
Analytics and reporting provided by ChargePoint helps station owners plan capacity upgrades and identify drivers who do not move their vehicles in a timely fashion.
Waitlist comes as consumer interest in purchasing an electric vehicle (EV) increased in the past year, mostly among young adults.
According to the Consumer Federation of America, the number of EV choices on the market is also increasing, while electric vehicle prices are becoming competitive with gas-powered vehicles.
Overall, sales of EVs have significantly outpaced the sales of hybrids in their first years on the market. Currently, 2016 sales of EVs are on track to outpace 2015.
“Consumer interest in buying electric vehicles is growing at the same time these vehicles are becoming more available and more attractive,” said Jack Gillis, CFA Director of Public Affairs and author of The Car Book.
“It does not surprise us that electric vehicle sales have grown more rapidly in their first four years than did those of hybrid vehicles,” he added.
The survey revealed growing interest in purchasing an electric vehicle, rising from 31 percent in 2015 to 36 percent in 2016.
Among different age groups, young adults (18-34) are most interested, with a full 50 percent saying they would consider buying an electric vehicle.
The survey also asked consumers, “The next time you buy or lease a car, would you consider an electric vehicle if it costs the same as a gas-powered car, has lower operating and maintenance costs, has a 200 mile range between charges, and can recharge in less than an hour?”
In response to this question, 57 percent said they would be interested in purchasing this EV. For those who say they know a lot about EVs, the figure was 62 percent. And for young adults, the figure was 70 percent.