AAA Adds EV Charging Stations To Its Digital Maps

By Blake Z. Rong | March 18, 2012
The American Automobile Association first added the locations of gas stations—which were few and far between, some even failing to stock Nacho Cheesier Doritos—to printed maps back in the early 1900s. A century later, AAA is adding electric vehicle charging stations to its iconic paper and digital maps. The TripTik Mobile smartphone app and the TripTik Travel Planner—a staple of any hastily-planned childhood road trip—now both feature the exact locations of the more than 2,000 EV charging stations scattered across the United States. The data comes via the Department of Energy and includes networked as well as independently-run stations. On the TripTik app, electric vehicle drivers can find these charging stations via a green plug icon, which will also display the station's address, hours, charger levels, and a telephone number, though not their available Doritos flavors. “AAA has been providing motorists with relevant and accurate travel information for more than a century,” said David Lang, Vice President of Automotive Services at the Automobile Club of Southern California, which boasts 107 charging stations in Los Angeles and Orange Counties. “The addition of electric vehicle charging station locations to our digital mapping tools reinforces AAA’s commitment to providing members the information they need in formats they want.” Mercifully, the TripTik Mobile app won’t list Mike Nemat’s apartment as a potential charging station. Source: AAA