Imagine you are on your way to a big meeting for work. Thus the day that all of your hard work and preparation will finally pay off because this presentation will surely land you the promotion for which you have been earnestly working for more than a year. You have never been more ready, and your nerves are not even a thing right now. You are so confident that when you pull up to the curb at the company headquarters, you just leave the engine running while you grab everything out of the trunk. You will only be a minute, tops.
The next thing you know, there is an angry red light on your dashboard indicating that something is very wrong with your car. And then another message appears “Battery low.”
And just like that, all of those nerves come back full force and make themselves known in an uncomfortable flutter in your stomach.
You are driving your Tesla Roadster to the beach, and you realize you have less than 25 miles worth of battery life left. You need to find a charging station right away.
But as you drive into town, every charging station is occupied by someone’s electric car. And then, when one does become available, the station’s payment system malfunctions. You do not have enough energy for another road trip to find a new charging station with working payment systems before your next meeting. So what do you do now?
We need an app that could lead us to the charging stations with ease and can make every EV owner’s life tension free from all the upcoming EV changing problems like location, directions, number of charging slots, queue, power shortage, payments & discounts, and many more. The one-stop solution is an EV Charging Station Locator App!
Challenges Faced By EV Charging Station Locator Apps
As a Software Development Company, we have probably already figured out that there are a lot of challenges involved in developing an EV charging station locator app. Let us take a look at some of the most difficult ones:
Location — this is one of the most important functions of any GPS-based app. The service must use the device’s location to determine where the car is and display all available charging stations nearby.
Battery Level — the user needs to know how long their battery will last until it runs out and what their current charge percentage is so they can decide if they need to find a charging station or not.
Navigation — when you have found your destination, it has to be easy for users to get directions from A to B without getting lost along the way! And always make sure that navigation features are available offline (especially if you are using Google Maps).
Payment Processing — when paying for charging time with an app, there should be no complications like extra charges or added fees.
5 Tips To Develop An EV Charging Station Locator Mobile App
As you plan to develop an EV charging station finder app, you need to understand that the charging station industry is rapidly growing and the number of stations is increasing every day. With more than 6,000 EV charging stations in the U.S. alone, there is a huge opportunity for you to tap into this market. The number of EV charging apps available online has also increased over time to help EV owners find the nearest charging station by adding favorite locations and even checking for availability. Here are 5 tips we recommend for developing an EV charging station locator mobile app:
* Plan your app MVP
* Choose the right technology stack
* Decide on the business model
* Find a Trusted Mobile App Development Company to partner with
* Focus on user experience
How To Monetize EV Locator Mobile Apps?
So, once you have decided to develop an EV locator mobile app, you have a good concept for it. Now, how do you make money from it?
There are many ways to monetize an app or software project, charging the customer upfront or at regular intervals, selling ads, and selling certain features as premium add-ons.
Each of these options comes with its challenges and difficulties, whether it is technical or physical. However, given that EV charging stations are few and far between in the US right now, driving patterns can differ significantly between different parts of the country or world where the app is available it does not seem like there is much room for offering add-on features just yet. In fact, since this kind of software has never been offered before, users will likely expect everything to come included in one easy-to-use package. Or at least offer all significant features for free with a paid option for removing ads.
At this point, more charging stations are popping up every day. But there are still very few of them nationwide. It seems like an ad-supported model would be best, but if your target demography is wealthy enough that they are not likely to care about ads on their smartphones (i.e., EV owners), then going with a paid model would probably work better for you.
Developing an EV charger app requires professionals who understand the technology and how it can provide a seamless experience for the users:
When developing an EV charging station locator app, you must think of the end-user and the experience they will have while using the app. You want them to be able to find a location that provides the type of charging station they need, one that allows access to Wi-Fi, and one that offers good snacks. Those are essential features for any person using an electric vehicle charger.
The next step is working with a Mobile App Developer who understands how this technology works and knows how to make it easy for users to access their desired features. They should also consider how people use these apps in real-life situations. For example, if someone is driving on a highway at high speeds and needs an emergency charge because their battery is dying fast. Then your application should consider all possible scenarios like it can provide quick results before something goes wrong (like crashing).
The last thing we want is our customers spending hours trying to find a place where they can charge their car. Or worse not being able to do so because there is not enough power available nearby. It would destroy any positive feelings about your company.
On the Concluding note, I would like to add that Electric vehicles are a great choice for anyone looking for a cost-effective and environmentally friendly way to get around. And as more and more drivers choose them, the more important it is that your business can cater to their needs by having charging stations on-site! Developing an app specifically designed to find stations near you can be incredibly beneficial since there are those who will travel out of town just in order to use them. This app could bring in extra revenue as well as attract new clients who may not have otherwise known about your service.
Tauseef Anwar is the CEO of Pixel Values Technolabs, a top-rated Mobile App Development Company. Tauseef believes in making customer satisfaction the topmost priority and takes care of the Business Development and operations. An entrepreneur by heart, he is always ready to speak a few words or discuss the latest tech especially if it is mobile technology.
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