Recargo, Inc., and Via Motors have made an agreement to simplify the charging process for drivers of plug-in hybrid electric trucks and vans. At the Detroit Auto Show this week, the two companies announced an agreement to add Recargo's Plugshare charging station finder in Via's in-dash EV application.
Drivers will now get assistance finding a charge whenever and wherever they need one, which is another way to improve efficiency and reduces emissions, said Via President Alan Perriton in the press release (available below). Plugshare claims to offer the world's largest and most comprehensive database of of public, paid and free charging stations, and that very well may be accurate. Plugshare can find over 28,000 charging stations in North America and 55,000 globally. That should work well with Via's plan to unveil its iPad in-dash EV control system later this year. Drivers will have access to Via's VTRUX lineup with the connected iPad offerings, providing "an integrated and informed EV experience," said Brian Kariger, CEO of Recargo.
Recargo has been hard at work simplifying the EV charging experience. At the 2013 Plug In Conference in San Diego, CA, Recargo and SemaConnect launched Pay With Plugshare and its mobile pay option for both SemaConnect and Plugshare apps. The idea there was to allow one app to handle all the billing issues without the need for a pre-paid card or a call to a 1-800 number.
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DETROIT, Jan. 13, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- At the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) today, Recargo, Inc. and VIA Motors announced they have signed an agreement to include Recargo's PlugShare™ charging infrastructure information in VIA's in-dash electric vehicle application.
"Including comprehensive charge station information in VIA's electric vehicles will help our customers find a charge whenever and wherever they need one, which can improve vehicle efficiency and reduce emissions," said VIA President, Alan Perriton.
PlugShare is the world's most comprehensive listing of public, paid and free charging stations with over 28,000 plugs in North America, and 55,000 global locations currently in its database world wide. With plug-in electric vehicle sales growing rapidly, EV owners can quickly locate the nearest charge station using the PlugShare website and apps on mobile devices.
VIA is a leading maker of extended range electric trucks and vans. VIA plans to unveil its iPad in-Dash electric vehicle control system in the 2014 production vehicles.
Brian Kariger, CEO of Recargo, said, "We are very pleased that VIA has selected PlugShare to be included in the VTRUX connected vehicle and iPad offerings. We look forward to working with VIA and providing their drivers with an integrated and informed EV experience."
Recargo, Inc. is a leading electric vehicle service provider that offers software, consumer insights and industry intelligence solutions to support the adoption and growth of plug-in mobility. PlugShare is the company's flagship product with the world's largest charging network. The company is based in California, with offices in Venice and Menlo Park. For more information about Recargo Inc. and the company's product offerings, visit http://www.recargo.com and follow @RecargoNews on Twitter.
About VIA Motors:
VIA Motors is a privately held electric vehicle development and manufacturing company. VIA employs a streamlined second stage manufacturing process to integrate its proprietary V-DRIVE™ power train into new OEM vehicles, then sells directly to fleets under the VTRUX™ brand name. VIA VTRUX deliver up to 40-mile battery range and unlimited extended range, averaging over 100 mpg in typical daily driving. More information at: VIAmotors.com.
SOURCE Recargo, Inc.