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5 Tech Tools for Green Car Drivers

Thursday, September 26th, 2013

Electric car sales are on the rise, with Green Car Reports finding that the Chevrolet Volt and Nissan Leaf have exceeded their previous monthly sales records, with a combined total of over 10,000. With the popularity of plug-in electric and hybrid cars continuing to rise, it follows that the mobile apps catering to these car types are soon to follow. If you’re looking for green car apps to make your environmentally friendly ride that much better, you need to load these 5 apps on your phone as soon as you can load the app store:

Electric Smart Car App

If you want to look at the wave of the future, the electric Smart car is leading the way with an iPhone app that provides a number of useful features for interfacing with the car, including battery read-out, GPS, and charging station locations. The Daily Green even reports that this app can find your car for your if you can’t remember where you parked.

Plug Share

Not every location in the United States is blessed with a great deal of charging stations. If you need to know where charging stations are located, you could probably use the social network app Plug Share (PlugShare.com). This app shows you residential chargers, public stations, high power fast charge stations, and stations that are currently being used. You can filter by city, state, the type of outlet being used, restricted locations, and whether or not payment is required for the use of the charging stations.

Green Charge

Green Charge, made by the same folks who created Plugshare, gives you a way to make your driving patterns more environmentally friendly. Green Charge (GreenChargeAppp.com) syncs up with electric cars such as the Nissan Leaf and Prius Plug-in to track the cost of your car charging, how efficient your driving patterns are, and how much your environmental contribution is.

iEV 2

iEV 2 is for conventional car owners who have been strongly considering getting into a hybrid or electric vehicle, but who have reservations about whether or not an electric vehicle is truly the right choice for them. This app allows you to simulate the electric car experience through the app, so you know whether you can make it to your destination on a single charge. It also tells you how much energy you use on a particular trip, and creates driving logs. You can simulate several electric vehicles in order to figure out whether one would fit your needs better than the other. It can provide you with practical, real world comparisons that take driving speed, distance, and geographic conditions into account when determining whether these cars would work for you, as Green-and-Energy.com explains.

Car Loan Calculator Free

Don’t have a green car yet, but want one? The Car Loan Calculator Free for Android (found at the Google Play app store) is a handy app that can give you an idea of how much the monthly payments are on a new or used green vehicle. You can use this calculator with auto loans from DriveTime or another dealership that offers green vehicles, to get you that eco friendly ride that you’ve always wanted.

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