Computer programmers and Software developers congregated at Sustainability Hackathon from April 27 – 29, 2013 held at BMW Technology Office at Mountain View, California. The main focus of the event was to introduce new apps for electric car users so as to enable them to communication more effectively and also find charging stations in a more time bound manners thereby saving waiting time.
This 2 day event was sponsored by car sharing service DriveNow and ChargePoint who are two major operators of charging networks where electric vehicles are concerned. A total of 15 apps for smartphones and mobile phones took part in the competition in seven award categories which carried total prize money of $3,000. The winning ‘app EV Ping’ was awarded the prize for most versatile and ingenious of apps. The app was found to be especially useful in enabling electric car users to communicate while it is also able to locate a charging station more effectively.
One problem being faced by electric car users is the fact that it takes a great deal of time for one vehicle to be charged at the charging stations and this causes severe time constraints on other users. This waiting period will be reduced due to the fact that the waiting drivers will be able to contact the driver of the vehicle being charged via their mobile or smart phones to request permission to charge their vehicle for a short duration of time.