Do You Share Your Residential EVSE On Plugshare? Here’s A Look At The Top EVSE Sharing Cities In North America

AUG 21 2014 BY ERIC LOVEDAY 19

Do you share your residential EVSE with others via Plugshare?

“Association of Electric Vehicles Quebec recommends that all its members to be part of PlugShare network to share their charging station.”

Association of Electric Vehicles Quebec adds (via Google Translate):

“In Quebec, the share of residential recharge terminal is a common fact; owners of electric vehicles do not hesitate to share their connection at home to help out other owners, which also makes the supply terminals much expanded public access.”

But is this level of EVSE sharing common?  Here’s what Association of Electric Vehicles Quebec found (again via Google Translate):

“According to statistics collected Metropolitan Montreal (pop: 3.8M) has the largest number of charging stations shared within Canada 130, which compares favorably to Vancouver (pop: 2.3M), which shares only 37 terminals housing, but very far from the greater San Francisco (pop: 7.2M)! where users share more than 400 terminals With over 3,700 electric cars on its roads, Quebec continues to be the dominant player with electromobility market share of 44% of all sales in Canada, and double its sales every year since 2012.”

Source: Association of Electric Vehicles Quebec

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19 Comments on "Do You Share Your Residential EVSE On Plugshare? Here’s A Look At The Top EVSE Sharing Cities In North America"

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Brian
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Brian

I used to share mine, but no longer do. My theory at the time was that I could encourage EV adoption. But there is a Nissan dealer within 5 miles of my home who has one that is powered 24/7 and freely available at 30A, whereas mine is only a 15A Voltec unit. Plus, I never had anyone even ask to use it (other than a friend who was visiting anyway).

Which brings up a corollary – how many people have had strangers use their plug after finding it on plugshare? I would wager not many.

Bill Howland
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Bill Howland

The “friend” has been trying to contact you by email and celly for the past 2 days. Are we on for Friday at 1pm or not?

Bill Howland
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Bill Howland

I used to list all my outlets, then I had to remove them all due to a nasty inspector and I’m saddled with only Level 1 style charging for both cars.

ClarksonCote
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That’s why I don’t visit your house anymore, I used to use the Plugshare app to get directions to it. 😉

alohart
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alohart

I have used a shared private EVSE that was advertised on PlugShare in Honolulu. I don’t yet have my own charging circuit. However, I live in a secured condo complex, so sharing my charging circuit after it has been installed would be almost impossible.

ElectricRocketShip
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ElectricRocketShip

I considered sharing our EVSE on PlugShare, but my spouse had personal safety concerns, so we decided not to share ours.

That said, there are 5 public/dealer L3’s and 18 public/dealer L2’s within 5 miles of our house.

scott franco
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scott franco

No, I don’t and I don’t share well.

On the other hand, my EVSE is not locked. Good luck finding my house….

vdiv
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vdiv

I like having a push-pin in PlugShare’s eye 😉

Some cities may be small, but their metropolitan area, which wasn’t counted, is huge. Washington DC and Baltimore may fall in this category.

Djoni
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Djoni

Some share only electrical outlet, wich is what some owner look at anyway.
They carry their own EVSE (240 volts)
I don’t share mine, but I will soon.
In Québec, in lesser case in Canada, electricity is pretty cheap, so that leave only security issue, but that hasn’t been such a concern either up here.
It’s still is somthing that help promote EV, even if not used so often.

Brian Henderson
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What are the shared-EVSE numbers on a per-capita basis?

Seeing a list of larger metro areas doesn’t mean a whole lot without some context. My first assumption is these are areas lacking good public infrastructure. Perhaps a ratio of shared vs. public chargers for each region? Preferably normalized by regional population.

Brian Henderson
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Were these Plugshare’d locations where checkins occurred, or included all sites listed in the database?

Interesting observation: only seeing 40 shared EVSE in Portland, OR a city with both high per capita PEV ownership, but also great public charging infrastructure.

flmark
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flmark

One plugshare SOFTWARE deficiency is that you can only list one residential charger for your account. At least that was the situation last year (plugshare techs please chime in if you have fixed this). I have two homes and listed my primary home’s charger by default. However, I think my second home might get more (or some??) sharing, as it is nearby a state park. The real issue with residential plugshare is what do you do while you charge? If there is something nearby, it might be worthwhile. I almost called up a private person a couple weeks ago, as they were near a bike path I wanted to try out. I was able to use a Chevy dealer’s EVSE instead. Nice concept if you want to help someone and live near something of note to visit. I cannot imagine having to entertain a charging guest for a few hours, as I have better things to do.

ClarksonCote
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Hey Mark,

Does the state park have any campsites with electrical included? Part of me wonders why they’re not all listed on Plugshare.

I just listed one at Wellesley Island State Park, they have a lot of loops with electrical service included.

You need to reserve the campsite of course, but that means many EV’s could go camping at these places.

flmark
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flmark

I guess I expect that any overnight facility enables charging at 120v- there must be an outlet in there somewhere. When I made my comment, and suggestion, about being nearby the state park, I guess I was assuming that it might be handy for day visitors who would put the bikes on a rack and head over that way. We are a couple miles away; seemingly an optimum for cyclists.

Ellison
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Ellison

Sharing (especially free, taxpayer supported level two plugs) on Plugshare and Open Charge Map are one of the best ways to promote EV adoption and air quality benefits in your community.

Let’s also reach out to EV driving neighbors and ask them to join in sharing as well. Thank you.

Ellison
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Ellison

We have had many good EV trips thanks to sharing folks on Plugshare.

We met a major tech CEOs wife and generally love networking while recharging and sharing, it’s great for meeting EV movers and shakers and for building our industry and community.

Robert
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I shared my 120V access that I used for charging my EV Conversion, listed it on PlugShare, and was discovered by a co-worker when he was set to test a Ford Focus EV.

Because of my listing, and sharing, he was able to make up for a planning error while on his 24 Hr test drive. He also made friends with another resident near our work place, to charge his car at the same 120V access, for cold months, since work has not yet stepped up and done anything to support EV Charging @ Work! He does not need the extra charge in warmer weather.

McKemie
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McKemie

I’ve had my charging facilities listed on PlugShare for several years. I’m listed as 24/7, no contact necessary. I’ve had not a single stranger charge.

James B.
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James B.

I listed mine as there isn’t anything near me and I’m just outside the city limits. No takers yet. I’m a lowly 15 amp j1772. I listed it as 1 hour free, a $1 for more. An hour should get anyone to the free city ones or even home.