Not as easy as it looks: Report highlights obstacles for charging electric vehicles

San Diego Union-Tribune

Brianne Van Gorder of Rancho Bernardo loves her new Volkswagen eGolf. But as a first-time owner of an electric vehicle, she’s not so crazy about finding a way to charge it when she is away from home.

Sometimes, she has trouble finding a public charging station. And once she has found a charging station, Van Gorder learned she must first download an app from the companies operating the charging station to get the electricity flowing into her bright blue four-door.

“It’s so frustrating,” the civil engineer said. “I literally got this car about three weeks ago and I’ve discovered you have to have an app for each one of them. It’s not like there’s a universal app.”Van Gorder’s complaints echo many of the same concerns raised in a report called “Ready to Charge,” released this week by Environment California and two partners.