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Revised 3-28, 2014

Burlington, Wash. – March 2014 – Today kicks off the record-setting Epic Electric American Road Trip, an 18-day, 12,000-mile, battery-powered journey sponsored by electric vehicle (EV) software and information services company Recargo Inc. The trip would mark the longest vehicle trip ever taken using 100% electric power, endeavoring to set a Guinness World Record while emphasizing the possibilities of the nation's current electric vehicle charging infrastructure.

The record-setting trip will be attempted solo by Norman Hajjar, Managing Director of Recargo's driver research division, PlugInsights. Hajjar will be driving a stock Tesla Model S sedan and navigating via Recargo's PlugShare app for locating EV charging stations. The 27-state route spans the four corners of the lower 48 states: Washington, Maine, Florida, and California, ending at Recargo's offices in Venice, California. Along the way, he will be charging at Tesla's newly built, proprietary string of cross-country "Supercharger" stations, which can top off the Tesla Model S's 250-mile+ range battery in under 30 minutes per stop.

The public is invited to follow along with the journey via live updates from the road at roadtrip.plugshare.com where they can pinpoint the vehicle's location, track its speed and energy usage, and interact with the driver using the @plugshare live Twitter feed and using the hashtag #EpicEVTrip.

"We're attempting this record-breaking journey to illustrate a historic point: With a robust network of fast charging locations, you can drive an electric car wherever you want without using a drop of gasoline," explained Brian Kariger, CEO of Recargo. "Daily commutes and cross-country trips alike are now made better by driving electric."

"We also want to underscore the urgent need for even more public 'fast chargers'," added Norman Hajjar. "We've conducted studies of thousands of EV drivers, and it's clear they want to be able to fuel with the same quick 'pit-stop practicality' that gas car drivers enjoy at service stations. Give them that, and we believe the category will truly blossom."

The Epic Electric American Road Trip will navigate its route with PlugShare, Recargo's widely used mobile app directory of public electric vehicle charging stations. PlugShare helps electric vehicle drivers pinpoint charging locations from a database of over 48,000 public charging stations worldwide. The Epic Electric American Road Trip will be powered by a new version of PlugShare.com for Tesla drivers, uniquely adapted to the Model S's 17" touch screen monitor.

About Recargo Inc.: 
Recargo Inc. is a leading electric vehicle service provider that offers consumer and industry intelligence to support the adoption and growth of plug-in mobility. Recargo makes PlugShare, the world's most popular EV charging station locator app. PlugInsights is Recargo's driver research division, powered by a survey research panel of nearly 10,000 EV drivers. The company is based in Venice, CA, with offices in San Carlos, CA. For more information about Recargo Inc. and the company's product offerings, visit www.recargo.com and follow @PlugShare on Twitter (#EpicEVTrip).

SOURCE Recargo Inc.

Recargo’s Inaugural PlugInsights Study Presents Unique Intelligence to Accelerate EV Adoption

VENICE, CA – November 14, 2013 – Electric vehicle software and information services company Recargo Inc., launches its plug-in vehicle (PEV) research firm PlugInsights today, with an inaugural report addressing the experiences, behaviors and opinions around charging a plug-in vehicle in America. The “2013 U.S. PEV Charging Study” is the most comprehensive look at the topic ever undertaken, drawing insights from more than 2% of all American EV drivers via a series of large surveys conducted earlier this year.

More than 40 pages of in depth, richly illustrated data, featuring over 65 tables and analytic commentary, the 2013 U.S. PEV Charging Study includes deep dives into home charging habits and EVSE installation, free and pay public charging, vehicle range issues, charging etiquette, and more.

The sample for the study was drawn from PlugInsights’ proprietary PEV panel, which pools the voices of over 3700 plug-in drivers of 17 different vehicle makes and models, mathematically modeled to reflect the “real world”. The growing panel will be the driving force behind a series of upcoming PEV studies in the months ahead, and is used for custom survey and focus group research with PlugInsights clients.

“We’re strong believers in the future of electric vehicles,” said Brian Kariger, CEO of Recargo. “PlugInsights is all about growing the industry by identifying the barriers to broad EV adoption. It’s a way to help automakers, utilities, charging networks, government agencies and the broader EV community make better decisions. That’s our mission, and that’s exactly what our first study does.”

“EV drivers are sophisticated people who aren’t shy about things they want to see done differently,” added Kariger. “The list of driver suggestions that emerges from this study is long and constructive. It ranges from seemingly trivial things like wanting longer cables at public stations, to fundamental needs like a more robust charging infrastructure, broader availability of workplace charging, special utility rates, and everything in between.”

One of the key themes to emerge from the study is the tremendous need to expand the availability of public Level 3 “fast charging”. “Until fast charging becomes broadly available, mid-range battery electric vehicles (BEVs) like the Nissan LEAF are trapped on a leash, close to home,” said PlugInsights’ Managing Director, Norman Hajjar. “Our data shows the average longest trip mid-range BEV drivers have ever taken is only 96 miles. They never stray too far from home because it’s just not practical to stop at a slow Level 2 charging station and plug in for 4+ hours, mid journey. Until fast chargers can bridge the gap between distant points, the appeal of these vehicles to a broader audience will be limited.”

Another key theme from the study is the diversity of opinion and behavior among drivers of different types of vehicles. “The ‘EV Nation’ is actually composed of many different tribes”, said Hajjar. “Plug-in electric/gas hybrid (PHEV) drivers and BEV drivers, for instance, are very different when it comes to how, and how often they charge their vehicles. They disagree on who should have priority at a public charging station. And unlike BEV drivers who must live with ‘range anxiety’, PHEV drivers never worry getting stranded when their batteries run low.”

The study goes on sale today at http://www.PlugInsights.com, where you can also see pricing, table of contents, and a complete list of the more than 65 tables and figures included.

About Recargo:
Recargo Inc. is a leading EV software and services company that provides consumer and industry intelligence through social driving tools 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 Venice, CA, with offices in Menlo Park, CA. For more information about Recargo Inc. and the company’s product offerings, visit http://www.recargo.com and follow @RecargoNews on Twitter.

Recargo Press Contact:
Gregory J. Roberts
gregory@bluepractice.com
(415) 381-1100

VENICE, CA and BETHESDA, MD– October 1, 2013– Recargo Inc., electric vehicle software and information services company has partnered with SemaConnect, a national leader in electric vehicle charging stations to launch a new public charger payment solution. “Pay With PlugShare” has been engineered to be the easiest and most universal public charging system currently available, and will operate seamlessly under PlugShare, the most widely used app to find a place to charge and now to pay for your charge. Pay With Plugshare will be available at more than 300 SemaConnect charging stations in the United States and Canada.

Both companies want drivers to be able to plug in at public stations with efficiency and ease. Pay With PlugShare solves the current dilemma of proprietary payment, extra fees, and members-only charging. The service combines finding the best place to charge for every driver’s unique plug-in needs, while accessing the world’s largest charging network, with a payment solution built into the same app. Since the payment method only needs a smartphone and doesn’t require membership costs and prepaid subscriptions, and RFID tokens or phone calls, this process is more reliable and cost effective for drivers to charge.

“We heard from drivers and charging networks who want to make paying for charging as easy as we've made finding a place to charge. We thought if it’s possible to pay for a parking meter with a credit card, why not the same for a charging station?” said Brian Kariger, CEO of Recargo Inc. “We are pleased to launch Pay With PlugShare with SemaConnect and finally give drivers a simple solution to charging payment. Ultimately, we want the industry to thrive and our service to encourage EV adoption by providing the smoothest plug-in experience for all.”

Pay With PlugShare was designed to easily integrate with any charging network so the driver experience is always easy and fast. The platform is currently available with iOS and will soon be available with Android this winter. Visa, MasterCard, and Discover are all accepted; credit card and customer data is stored securely.

“Our focus has been on building sophisticated charging stations that are simple to use and incredibly reliable with the best user interface possible, so partnering with PlugShare was a natural fit,” said Mahi Reddy, CEO and Founder of SemaConnect. “We want to define a higher standard for the charging experience based on quality, not quantity, for all electric vehicle drivers.”

As the highest reviewed, most downloaded and most used app serving over 60% of EV drivers, PlugShare aims to satisfy the plug-in community’s needs. Additional PlugShare features include:

  • Browse and search the world’s largest database of charging stations
  • Check-in, review, add tips and photos about charging location experience
  • Contact PlugShare members via app, phone or SMS to coordinate charging
  • Share electricity from home EV plug or domestic outlet with other EV owners
  • Plan trips and get directions to outlets or charging stations via Google Maps
  • Share charging station links using Facebook, LinkedIn, or Twitter
  • Get notifications when a new charging station is installed nearby
  • Stations display a PlugScore rating to show drivers which locations the driver will likely have the best experience
  • The Pay With PlugShare platform has been designed to be charging network neutral and scalable from the ground up. Networks providing fee based public charging can add Pay With PlugShare functionality easily while maintaining direct control over pricing and their infrastructure. To match the needs of different networks - Pay With PlugShare can be linked with their existing payment infrastructure or can leverage PlugShare’s e-commerce infrastructure. Additionally, Open Charge Point Protocol (OCPP) Support will be rolled out before the end of 2013 allowing Networks that have invested in OCPP to leverage their existing technology. “SemaConnect has been an ideal launch partner for Recargo. Working together we were able to integrate Pay With PlugShare into SemaConnect’s exisiting APIs in a matter of weeks not months,” said Forrest North, Recargo COO.

    Recargo and SemaConnect are dedicated to moving the EV industry forward and supporting the needs of drivers by providing the most convenient public charging experience. Enabling Pay With PlugShare equips EV drivers with the necessary tools to find and access charging easily.

    About Recargo:
    Recargo Inc. is a leading EV software and services company that provides consumer and industry intelligence through social driving tools 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 Venice, CA, with offices in Menlo Park, CA. For more information about Recargo Inc. and the company’s product offerings, visit http://www.recargo.com/ and follow @RecargoNews on Twitter.

    About SemaConnect:
    SemaConnect, Inc. is a national leader in commercial electric vehicle charging stations that comes bundled with free cloud-based management software to empower stations owners with superior charging management options and electric vehicle drivers with multiple card-less charging options. SemaConnect provides a free mobile application that produces real-time data usage, station navigation and card-less charging sessions. Our sleek and sophisticated charging station has become the top choice in the commercial real estate, hotel, retail and multifamily sectors. Together with Recargo, SemaConnect now provides EV drivers with the largest network of electric vehicle charging station maps on the market. For more information about SemaConnect, visit www.semaconnect.com.

    Recargo Press Contact:
    Gregory J. Roberts
    gregory@bluepractice.com
    (415) 381-1100

    SemaConnect Press Contact:
    Naly Yang
    naly.yang@semaconnect.com
    (301) 352 – 3730, ext. 202

    VENICE, CA and MENLO PARK, CA – September 4, 2013 –With over 20,000 charging stations in North America, and the largest EV network, PlugScore will help make trip planning easier and improve electric vehicle drivers’ plug-in experience by providing users with comprehensive charging information before they pull up to charge their vehicle.

    “PlugScore takes the guess-work out of picking a charging station and works much like a restaurant rating system,” said Brian Kariger, CEO of Recargo Inc. “Now, drivers have the critical information necessary to choose the right charging station. PlugScore ratings provide a quick summary of driver reviews and other factors that make up the overall charging experience in a single number.”

    PlugScore is an expanded offering that is part of PlugShare, Recargo’s flagship product. PlugShare helps EV drivers by aggregating station listings from EV charging service providers, government agencies and the collective efforts of PlugShare community members. The EV charging network allows iOS, Android, and web users globally to share their outlets and communicate with other PlugShare members in real time using their mobile devices. PlugShare highlight features include:

  • Browse and search the world’s largest database of charging stations
  • Check-in, review, add tips and photos about charging location experience
  • Contact PlugShare members via app, phone or SMS to coordinate charging
  • Share electricity from home EV plug or domestic outlet with other EV owners
  • Plan trips and get directions to outlets or charging stations via Google Maps
  • Share charging station links using Facebook, LinkedIn, or Twitter
  • Get notifications when a new charging station is installed nearby
  • With widespread coverage afforded by user-generated content curated by in-house editors and the rise of the sharing economy, PlugShare has been able to equip EV drivers with the largest charging network. This has allowed users to adopt a plug-in lifestyle and given the EV industry a platform to scale up its services. A vibrant charging infrastructure depends on an engaged and open community to continue to thrive and move the industry forward. PlugScore is another feature that helps to enable a successful EV experience.

    Recargo is committed to driving the EV industry forward and supporting the needs of drivers, manufacturers, and utilities by leveraging a crowd-sourced network to develop robust solutions and services. PlugShare also powers MyFord Mobile and the all new smart electric drive. For more information about PlugShare please visit www.plugshare.com and follow @PlugShare on Twitter.

    About Recargo:
    Recargo is a software and services company that provides social driving tools and consumer and industry intelligence to support the adoption and growth of plug-in mobility. The company is based in Venice, CA, with offices in Menlo Park, CA. For more information about Recargo, please http://www.recargo.com/ and follow @RecargoNews on Twitter.

    Press Contact:
    Gregory J. Roberts
    gregory@bluepractice.com
    (415) 381-1100

    Two Companies Will Unify Mobile Products and Services Reaching World’s Largest Community of Plug-In Drivers

    VENICE, CA and MENLO PARK, CA – May 22, 2013 – Recargo, Inc. and Xatori, Inc. today announced that the two companies are merging to revolutionize vehicle software and information services for plug-in mobility. The merger will expand the companies’ ability to offer guidance to drivers and industry and leverage combined teams and resources to better support the plug-in driving experience.

    Both Recargo and Xatori have seen tremendous growth in 2013, doubling membership across their EV charging community properties including their charging locator apps, the Recargo Station Finder, and PlugShare. The combined company will bring these apps together into a single, comprehensive directory of over 20,000 electric vehicle charging stations under the PlugShare brand, with more than 30,000 station reviews and 14,000 photos to assist in last mile navigation.

    The merger will also bring Xatori’s plug-in charging manager GreenCharge and fleet manager ChargeManager under the same roof as EV research panel PlugInsights and EV news and information portal PluginCars.com, to offer even more comprehensive information and utility to EV drivers and industry.

    Brian Kariger will remain as CEO of the company, while Forrest North, CEO of Xatori, Inc., will become COO. All current Recargo and Xatori staff are staying on with Recargo after the merger, and the company will retain its offices in Venice, and Menlo Park, California, to continue to attract and retain talent and clientele in the hottest EV markets.

    “We came together with the same goal in mind, to grow the EV market.” said Kariger. "This merger is the beginning of a powerful collaboration, doubling resources and fortifying our community."

    "This merger gives us more opportunities to work with larger companies, utilities, automakers, and fleets," said North. "Best of all, our users will benefit from our combined talents and unified product. The strength and passion of our combined communities will really help accelerate the plug-in revolution."

    As part of the merger, the companies services, including charging station directories, will gradually integrate into one unified app with the combined location information, charging capabilities, driver reviews and photos of thousands of charging stations across the continent.

    The complete suite of Recargo products now includes:

    Consumer products and services:

  • PluginCars – the web’s premier site for reviews, user forums and guides about purchasing and owning plug-in hybrid and electric vehicles
  • PlugShare – a cause-based social network that allows users to find charging stations and connect with other plug-in vehicle owners
  • Recargo Station Finder – finds electric vehicle charging stations, searches for food and activities via Yelp, and connects to news from PluginCars.com
  • GreenCharge – displays driving patterns, charging costs, and environmental impact on iPhones and iPads
  • Industry products:

  • PlugInsights – delivers opt-in surveys of behaviors and desires of potential and current plug-in buyers, catered to the plug-in industry
  • Charging Station API – an industry-standard API to integrate and deliver charging station information on a variety of platforms
  • ChargeManager – a web-based application to maintain plug-in electric and hybrid fleets by monitoring vehicles’ charging statuses and levels
  • Reports and Dashboards – provides the plug-in industry with an inside view on charging stations and electric vehicles across North America
  • About Recargo:
    Recargo is a software and services company that provides social driving tools and consumer and industry intelligence to support the adoption and growth of plug-in mobility. The company is based in Venice, CA, with offices in Menlo Park, CA.

    Press Contact:
    Gregory J. Roberts
    gregory@bluepractice.com
    (415) 381-1100

    DEARBORN, MI. Feb 7 2013 - Ford’s award-winning MyFord Mobile smartphone app and Web portal now features a charging station finder powered by PlugShare.com and will be compatible with the new Ford Fusion Energi and C-MAX Energi plug-in hybrid vehicles.

    PlugShare® brings a powerful new component to MyFord® Mobile with its live database of charging stations across North America. In addition to aggregating publicly available lists of stations from a variety of sources, PlugShare incorporates crowd-sourced information from users to provide the most comprehensive dataset available.

    “When we launched the MyFord Mobile app and portal for the Focus Electric last year, it was the most advanced remote management app of its kind in the industry,” said Bill Frykman, business and product development manager. “We’re now expanding availability of the system to drivers of our new plug-in hybrids and offering some unique features specifically tailored to these long-range vehicles.”

    “It is a little known fact that the majority of charging stations are currently free to use. By giving drivers a clear view of the reality of charging, PlugShare and Ford are showing more and more drivers that now is a great time to start driving on electricity,” said Forrest North, CEO of Xatori, maker of PlugShare. “With our real-time, crowd-sourcing features that include photos, reviews and check-ins, PlugShare has quickly become one of the largest and most popular charging station locators in North America. We are thrilled an established industry leader such as Ford has chosen PlugShare for MyFord Mobile.”

    In addition to an EPA-estimated rating of 21 miles of pure electric driving range per charge, both C-MAX Energi and Fusion Energi have an EPA-estimated range of 620 miles on one tank of gas and one charge.

    Owners of the first-ever Ford plug-in hybrid vehicles can now use their smartphones from almost anywhere to monitor and manage the battery charging process, find charging stations, check energy efficiency and earn achievements for efficient driving.

    The station finder component of the MyFord Mobile app now blends point-of-interest search with charging station information from PlugShare.com to let drivers take advantage of opportunistic charging wherever their destination might be. Users can search for terms such as “pizza” or “Mexican food” near a location and MyFord Mobile will display the results along with the nearest available charge for each entry. Drivers can select a destination based on proximity to a plug.

    “Access to public charging allows our C-MAX Energi and Fusion Energi customers to drive more electric miles – helping improve our environmental footprint and improve energy security,” said Mike Tinskey, director, Vehicle Electrification and Infrastructure. “We’ve seen impressive growth in the number of installed public charge stations – growing from fewer than 3,000 units in 2010 to more than 11,500 installed units in the U.S. today.

    “This collaboration allows for Ford customers to access all the currently installed stations, as well as gain immediate access to new charge stations as they are installed,” Tinskey added.

    MyFord Mobile’s trip and charge log has also been updated to provide drivers with information about how efficiently they are using their plug-in hybrid vehicle in both electric and hybrid mode. By taking advantage of available data on electricity use, hybrid gas mileage and regenerative braking, the app coaches drivers to adjust their driving style to be more efficient.

    MyFord Mobile still lets plug-in hybrid owners check the state of charge of the battery, get alerts if they forgot to plug the car in or if charging stops, and take advantage of value charging for the lowest electricity rates during off-peak hours. Drivers can also precondition the cabin temperature while the car is plugged in to reduce the load on the drivetrain for enhanced efficiency.

    “We designed MyFord Mobile to provide owners of Ford plug-in vehicles with a convenient way to monitor and manage their total energy usage, and we’re continually working to make the experience better,” added Frykman.

    MyFord Mobile is available in the Apple iOS App Store for iPhones and the Google Play Store for Android phones. The MyFord Mobile Web portal is at http://www.myfordmobile.com. Some features of the MyFord Mobile app including point-of-interest search, trip and charge log, and achievements will become available after the initial launch.

    About Ford Motor Company

    Ford Motor Company, a global automotive industry leader based in Dearborn, Mich., manufactures or distributes automobiles across six continents. With about 171,000 employees and 65 plants worldwide, the company’s automotive brands include Ford and Lincoln. The company provides financial services through Ford Motor Credit Company. For more information regarding Ford and its products worldwide, please visit http://corporate.ford.com.

    About Xatori Inc.

    Xatori is a Palo Alto-based software company founded in 2010 that builds innovative software for plug-in electric vehicles. Xatori’s first product PlugShare is the most popular and widely used charging station finder showing more than 15,000 charging stations in North America. The information is crowd-sourced and freely available through Android, iOS and the Web.The company's GreenCharge and Charge Manager apps, (http://www.greenchargeapp.com/, www.chargemanager.com) allows users and fleets to view real-time battery data and to share the environmental and monetary benefits of owning an electric vehicle. More on the company at: http://www.xatori.com/.

    EV News Site, Along With Android App Release, Accelerates Recargo’s Growth Strategy

    LOS ANGELES, Calif., Feb 15, 2012 -- Recargo Inc., developer of mobile applications for connected cars, today announced it has acquired the privately held PlugInCars.com. Terms were not disclosed.

    PlugInCars.com is a popular news and community website providing coverage of all-electric and plug-in hybrid-electric vehicles by industry experts and early adopters, guides for buyers and car owners, and discussion areas for EV drivers to share their real-life experiences.

    Launched in 2010 by founder and editor Brad Berman, PlugInCars.com attracted an average of 70,000 unique monthly visitors in 2011 and generates revenue through sales of online advertising. Breaking news from the site is already available in Recargo’s app for EV drivers. Recargo plans to expand and enhance the site’s content while extending it to new platforms.

    Every year, more electric car models are being introduced and offered for sale by auto manufacturers around the world, so there’s a tremendous need from consumers to understand better how they can benefit from this new technology,” said Brian Kariger, CEO of Recargo Inc. “Through this acquisition we will be able to help more people make better decisions about how they drive their daily life.”

    “With the Recargo team’s experienced leadership and considerable resources, PluginCars.com has a bright future and can play an expanded role in covering EV news, fostering community, and helping accelerate adoption of electric cars and plug-in hybrids. It will be exciting to see PluginCars.com reach the next level as the number of EVs on U.S. roads grows from several thousand today to more than one million in the next five years.”

    Recargo today also announced the release of its Android app for locating electric vehicle charging stations. As with the Recargo.com website and iPhone app, Recargo for Android enables users to drive their electric cars with confidence knowing they can find the closest charger at anytime with just one tap. Photos and tips from community members aid users in selecting which station to use and how to arrive there, and trips can be planned using saved locations. Owners and enthusiasts keep current with the latest news from PlugInCars.com.

    Recargo for Android is available now for free on Android Market. Download at: recargo.com/android

    About Recargo: Recargo, Inc., based in Los Angeles, Calif., develops mobile applications for connected cars and publishes PlugInCars.com. Recargo for iPhone has been downloaded by more than 25,000 users in 135 countries.

    Revised 9-19, 2011

    Washington, D.C. – September 2011 – Recargo, Inc., developer of mobile applications for drivers of electric vehicles (EVs) and connected cars, has joined the Electric Drive Transportation Association (EDTA), the preeminent industry association dedicated to advancing electric drive as a core technology on the road to sustainable mobility.

    Recargo is a privately held company based in Los Angeles. By providing drivers instant access to essential information, Recargo aims to accelerate the adoption of EVs and eliminate range anxiety. The company recently updated its Recargo mobile app for locating EV charging stations to receive automatic station location and availability status updates from Coulomb Technologies, creator of the ChargePoint® Network, the largest online network of independently-owned EV charging stations. The app maps a total of more than 5,700 EV charging stations worldwide, featuring the industry’s most active real-time comments and reviews crowdsourced from U.S. drivers coast to coast.

    "We are glad to welcome Recargo as the newest EDTA Member," said EDTA President Brian Wynne. "We applaud their commitment to the development of mobile applications for the next generation of connected automobiles."

    As the unified voice for the electric drive industry, EDTA’s membership includes a diverse representation of vehicle and equipment manufacturers, energy providers, component suppliers and end users. EDTA supports the sustainable commercialization of all electric drive transportation technologies by providing in-depth information, public policy advocacy, education, industry networking and international conferences and exhibitions.

    “Collaboration among the electric drive industry’s many sectors is the most effective and efficient method to achieve the goal of widespread adoption of plug-in vehicles,” said Recargo CEO Brian Kariger. “Recargo is excited to help advance this goal through its new membership in EDTA.”

    For more information about Recargo, Inc. or EDTA, please visit www.recargo.com or http://www.electricdrive.org

    About Recargo: Recargo, Inc., based in Los Angeles, Calif., develops software for drivers of electric vehicles and connected cars. The Recargo iPhone app, for locating plug-in vehicle chargers worldwide, regardless of manufacturer or network, has been downloaded by more than 15,000 users in 122 countries. Twitter: http://twitter.com/recargonews, Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/Recargo.

    About EDTA The Electric Drive Transportation Association (EDTA) is the preeminent trade association representing battery, hybrid, plug-in hybrid and fuel cell electric drive technologies and infrastructure. EDTA conducts public policy advocacy, education, industry networking, and international conferences. EDTA’s membership includes vehicle and equipment manufacturers, energy companies, technology developers, component suppliers, and others. For more information about EDTA and its members, visit http://www.electricdrive.org/. For information about owning and operating electric vehicles, please visit http://www.goelectricdrive.com/.

    Automatic Updates Deliver Authoritative Content, Convenience for EV Drivers Seeking Charge Stations

    LOS ANGELES Sept. 13, 2011—Recargo, Inc., developer of mobile applications for drivers of electric vehicles (EVs) and connected cars, today announced that it has added automatic charging station location and availability status updates to the Recargo mobile app and website from Coulomb Technologies’ ChargePoint® Network. Using Coulomb’s open ChargePoint Network Web Services API allows Recargo to provide real-time updates--the first and only app besides Coulomb’s own to do so--and significantly reduce range anxiety for EV drivers. The ChargePoint Network is an open-platform network of charging stations managing the delivery of electricity to EVs around the globe.

    “Working with Coulomb and using their open API is an important step in Recargo’s ongoing effort to be the most trusted and easy-to-use resource for electric vehicle drivers,” said Brian Kariger, CEO of Recargo. “When a Recargo user searches for the best place to charge their car, they can find current locations with up-to-the-minute availability status from the ChargePoint Network, a worldwide leader in electric mobility.”

    Recargo combines infrastructure data from trusted providers such as Coulomb Technologies, the leader in EV charging systems and application services, with photos, tips and reviews from the Recargo community to give drivers powerful tools to plan their trips or find a place to charge on the go.

    “Coulomb is proud to be working with Recargo to extend the reach of the ChargePoint Network in new ways,” said Ed Taylor, director of product marketing at Coulomb Technologies. “This will help EV adoption by reducing range anxiety and maximizing the EV driving experience. Drivers and infrastructure operators alike benefit when we foster innovation through cooperation across the industry.”

    About Recargo: Recargo, Inc., based in Los Angeles, Calif., develops software for drivers of electric vehicles and connected cars. The Recargo iPhone app, for locating plug-in vehicle chargers worldwide, regardless of manufacturer or network, has been downloaded by more than 15,000 users in 122 countries.

    Like Recargo on Facebook: www.facebook.com/Recargo

    Follow Recargo on Twitter: twitter.com/recargonews

    Recargo 1.5, Developed by Internet Industry Veterans, Includes Real-Time Comment Section, News Feed and Photo Sharing

    LOS ANGELES, CA, June 1, 2011—Recargo, the electric vehicle (EV) mobile app developer lead by the founder of Dictionary.com, today announced the release of Recargo 1.5. Upgrades to the EV charger-finder app include the industry’s only real-time comments section, crowd-sourced from drivers for chargers coast to coast, a news feed and photo sharing.

    The upgraded app allows drivers to instantly warn others of faulty chargers, share eyewitness reports and photos to help locate chargers in maze-like garages and elsewhere, and leave tips about nearby amenities such as restaurants and malls. Recargo’s charger maps are accompanied by Google Street Views, which provide broad street-level photographs of charger sites.

    “Our goal is to accelerate the adoption of electric vehicles by giving drivers instant access to the information they need to make range anxiety a figment of the imagination,” said Recargo CEO and founder Brian Kariger. “Up-to-the-minute reports from the roadside are part of the answer. In addition, our news section keeps drivers and prospective electric car owners informed about every facet of the industry.”

    Recargo 1.5 maps more than 1,000 EV charging sites worldwide that are compatible with current and upcoming cars such as the Nissan Leaf, Chevrolet Volt and Tesla Roadster. It is available as a free download for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch users in Apple’s App Store.

    Kariger lead the company that grew Dictionary.com to more than 20 million monthly visitors by focusing on the customer experience and innovation. After extensive consultation with EV drivers, both very early adopters and new owners, he and his new team launched the Recargo.com website in July 2010, then the iPhone app in December 2010. For the app’s news feed, he partnered with PluginCars.com, which provides news and reviews by industry experts as well as EV journalists and how-to’s about owning and operating plug-in vehicles.

    “The health of the electric car market heavily depends upon well-informed early adopters sharing their candid, real-world experiences,” said Brad Berman, editor of Plugincars.com. “The upgraded Recargo app allows electric car drivers and shoppers to easily read about and share the latest EV news and knowledge.”

    Much of Recargo’s initial charger location information was licensed from EVChargerNews.com, which was also the source for the U.S. Dept. of Energy’s Alternative Fueling Station Locator. Recargo builds on this data and continuously improves it through a mixture of crowdsourcing, partnerships and targeted internal efforts. Since its launch, it has doubled the amount of data amassed.

    “We recognized early on the need for a system that could scale to meet the needs of the electric car community as it grows from thousands to millions of drivers,” Kariger said. “We want to provide the ultimate experience for people who drive electric cars.”

    About Recargo: Recargo is a free mobile application, available on iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch, for locating plugin vehicle chargers worldwide, regardless of manufacturer or network. It was created by Recargo, Inc., a Los Angeles-based software development company founded by Brian Kariger, founder and former CEO of Lexico Publishing Group, LLC., publishers of Dictionary.com, Thesaurus.com and Reference.com. Lexico was acquired by IAC/Ask.com in 2008, at which time Dictionary.com was the world’s most popular online English-language dictionary.

    About PluginCars.com: PluginCars.com provides news and information about electric vehicles and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles to create a community of consumers eager to purchase cars and trucks that use little or no petroleum. Its content is syndicated by Yahoo! Autos, Reuters and other media outlets.