Project To Map Out Restaurant Charging Stations Throughout US Needs Your Help

4 years ago by Chris Neff 14

Current Map of Charging Stations at Restaurants in US (Updated Constantly With Additional Sites to be Added Soon).

Current Map of Charging Stations at Restaurants in US (Updated Constantly With Additional Sites to be Added Soon).

Editor’s Note: The post below is written by Chris, an electric vehicle enthusiast/BMW ActiveE driver/and friend of InsideEVs.  We’ve offered our InsideEVs platform to assist Chris in the incredibly difficult task of attempting to locate charging stations at restaurants throughout the US.  Chris needs your help to map out as many restaurant charging stations as possible.  As advocates of electric vehicles ourselves, we feel that assisting the EV community is part of our duty at InsideEVs.

Ever wondered what restaurants there are that have EVSEs for customer use?  It would be so convenient to be able to get a bite to eat while you charge up your EV in an EV friendly place.  Unless you already know of those places you are probably out of luck since the EVSE locator apps don’t let you search by business category.

ActiveE Charging at Nauna's Bella Casa

ActiveE Charging at Nauna’s Bella Casa

I figured I will do something about it, I’ll build a map listing all the restaurants or food places that installed EVSEs for their customers.

The qualifications are pretty simple.  I’m looking for restaurants that installed EVSEs specifically for their customers.  EVSEs near a restaurant that the restaurant owner/management did not install don’t count.  Hotels with restaurants count as long as the customer can plug in and eat but not have to stay the night. With that said I will also be including chains and franchises, specific locations, so if a McDonalds has an EVSE for customers to use it counts.

I’d like to call upon the EV community to help me populate the map.  Please submit locations you know of to myactivee@gmail.com or post them in the comments section (either below or on Chris’ My ActiveE: Charge Up and Eat Up blog post).

Please include the business name, full address, website and phone number if you have it, plus, any other details you think may help like where the EVSE is located.  I will verify each submission to be sure they have a working EVSE and it is for customers as well as what kind of EVSE it is and what fees if any.

If all looks good I’ll add it to the map which you can find HERE.

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14 responses to "Project To Map Out Restaurant Charging Stations Throughout US Needs Your Help"

  1. Nelson says:

    NATIONAL GRID / CHILIS AUBURN
    826 Southbridge St, Auburn, Massachusetts 01501, United States
    Notes: In Chilis Auburn parking lot
    Port 1: (208/240V, 30A, J1772) Available
    Port 2: (208/240V, 30A, J1772) Available
    Reservations Disabled
    Station Price: Free

    NATIONAL GRID / AUBURN 99
    735 Southbridge St, Auburn, Massachusetts 01501, United States
    Notes: Located in parking lot of 99 Restaurant Auburn
    Port 1: (208/240V, 30A, J1772) Available
    Port 2: (208/240V, 30A, J1772) Available
    Reservations Disabled
    Station Price: Free

    1. Nelson says:

      BTW 99 is a MA chain similar to Applebee’s.

      NPNS!
      Volt#671

  2. blakem says:

    Panera Bread
    1129 Silas Deane Hwy
    Wethersfield, CT 06109

    (208/240V, 30A, J1772)
    Reservations Disabled
    Station Price: Free

  3. DrInnovaiton says:

    Why just resturants? I use wal-greens chargers from time to time and definately get a bite and a drink there…

    How about those in shopping malls that also have restaurants?

  4. MTN Ranger says:

    It seems easier to just access and update Plugshare. One app to look up all charging stations.

    1. kdawg says:

      Or he could just data-mine Plugshare.

      1. Patrick says:

        I’m with you guys. I don’t want yet another EVSE locator app. It would be better to contribute to the ones that we have and make them better. Starting another one will just end up with something that is soon out of date and only good in certain regions.

        1. Nelson says:

          You’re missing the point. Unless you know something I don’t, “EVSE locator apps don’t let you search by business category”. Like:
          Show me Hotels with L1 and L2 charging stations.
          Show me Movie Theaters with L2 charging stations.
          If I’m feeling a cup of coffee and danish pastry while I charge, show me Panera or Starbucks with L2 charging.

          I feel the existing EVSE locator apps need better filtering abilities.

          NPNS!
          Volt#671

          1. Eric Loveday says:

            @ Nelson…Yes, you’re spot on there…That’s precisely why Chris is trying to do this…Sure you can find an EVSE on various locator apps, but searching by various business categories is not usually possible and certainly not to the degree of detail Chris provides.

            1. kdawg says:

              Why just not add a “category” field to to Recargo/Plugshare?

              I’m wondering when it will just become a Google Maps layer. (prob not till we get a few million EV’s on the road)

  5. Gadge says:

    Thanks for doing this work! Anything & everything that can move the electric car movement forward is a great thing IMO. Owner of the first LEAF sold in Maine.

  6. Chris says:

    Thanks everyone for the locations provided, I checked them out and they are on the map with a number of others that were emailed to me or I found. This is a work in progress but check my blog weekly for updates – the map link is there too.

    Blog link here
    http://myactivee.blogspot.com/2013/06/charge-up-and-eat-up.html

    Again I very much appreciate your support!!

    Chris

    1. Jay Cole says:

      Good stuff!

  7. Steven Graff says:

    Much needed; thanks for getting it started. Also need: Hotels with EVSEs.