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Mobility

The best apps for electric cars

Mobility

The best apps for electric cars

May 16, 2019

It has become impossible to imagine our everyday life without smartphones and apps. So it is not surprising that electric mobility fans also have an impressive selection of digital helpers at their disposal. But which apps are best suited for what? We have tested a number of apps for you.

Discover here:

  • Which independent app helps you decide on an electic car
  • Who guides you to the next charging station
  • Which app plans the perfect electric car route for your holiday
  • How to pay by app at charging stations

Which electric vehicle suits me?

Many drivers are still uncertain about whether they would be able to use an electric vehicle for their day-to-day lives. Anyone playing with the idea of switching to an electric car should take a look at “EValuation” → . Engineers at the Ruhr University Bochum have developed an app that makes it much easier for drivers to make a decision about an electric car. With EValuation you can record typical routes that you cover on a day-to-day basis with a gasoline or diesel engine. The program utilises the collected data to generate a list of electric car models that can meet the driver's requirements. This app focuses on the range of the various vehicles, in particular. They can then be sorted according to various criteria ranging from the purchase price to the space available in the luggage compartment. In addition, the app also estimates the consumption costs compared to the current vehicle. This practical decision-making aid is available free of charge and in many languages. The application is currently available for Android phones.

Choose an electric vehicle, find a charging station and pay conveniently with your smartphone

The driving simulation function of the EnBW mobility+ app → has similar functionality. It also records the distances, speeds and stops with a conventional vehicle. In contrast to EValuation, however, you choose a specific electric model before you drive off. Its driving and consumption behaviour is then compared with the current vehicle. That makes this app more suitable for people who already have a specific electric car in mind and would like to learn more about it. The application can do even more. It combines three functions in one app: searching for the right electric car, finding the next charging station and also offers a convenient payment system for the electricity used for charging. However, this only applies to the electricity and gas supplier's own charging stations. The EnBW mobility+ app is available for both Android and iOS devices.

Search for charging station via app.
Using the "EnBW" app, you can discover which electric car is right for you and also find and pay at the nearest charging station.

The fast and easy way to the next charging station

Charging stations for electric cars are displayed on the mobile phone.

If you simply want to find the next charging station, then Wattfinder → is the perfect solution. Once downloaded, the app provides access to more than 60,000 charging points at over 20,000 charging points in 45 countries. Most of them include pictures and descriptions, and have been checked by users. Although the app may seem a bit confusing at first, it is easy to familiarise yourself with it. The charging stations can be filtered according to plug type, performance and/or association and our easy to find thanks to the navigation function. It would be nice if the navigation data for the targeted charging point could also be stored offline. Unfortunately, the app does not indicate whether the charging station is currently working or reporting an error. Currently, the app only runs on Android devices. However, the LEMNET → app has the same functions and is also available for iOS.

A little more perhaps?

The Next Charge app is available free of charge in both the Google Play Store → as well as the App Store → and has a much clearer design. Essentially, it provides the same functions as Wattfinder or LEMNET but also indicates whether the desired charging station is actually available. This saves time, nerves and unnecessary journeys. The route planner is especially practical, especially for longer journeys. Before and during your holiday, you can always be sure that there are enough charging stations available.

The app with the key to over 70,000 charging points

PlugsurfingOpens an external link enables convenient charging at over 70,000 charging stations in Europe with a standardised payment system. Accordingly, the electric mobility provider has concluded contracts with a number of charging station operators including Innogy, EnBW, Vattenfall and many more. All you have to do is download the app, register once and buy the corresponding charging key for €9.95 which fits every key ring. This provides you with access to all of the charging stations in the plugsurfing charging network. The charging stations can be found with the app. It only shows you the charging points that belong to the provider's network. However, 70,000 charging stations should be enough to travel throughout Europe without any problems. You receive the total bill at the end of the month.

A woman is looking for a charging station on her mobile phone.
These apps makes electric mobility even easier by helping to find the nearest charging station, for example.

You usually receive the app and the charging card together with the electric vehicle

Almost every electric vehicle manufacturer now offers its own apps. These not only find the next charging opportunity, they can also control many of the vehicle’s functions. Practical payment systems have also been considered. For example, Volkswagen offers the Charge&Fuel Card. The system works similar to “Plugsurfing” but currently only within Germany. Porsche has now also introduced the “Porsche Charging Service, a uniform payment system throughout Europe. The Taycan, the first fully electric Porsche, is set to launch soon.