Electric vehicle charging stations are popping up throughout our area, and the nation.
Here’s a cool feature I found: A map of electric vehicle charging stations.
It focuses on California, Arizona and Georgia, including a color-coded Google map, by city, address or zip code. The map can be handy for planning an out-of-town trip (so you don’t run out of juice)!
It also includes comments from users that can be updated in real time, including some local color.
One recent posting for an EV charging station in Auburn read:
“williamwauters reports: 2/17 Ranger charged on Avcom fine. Original Pete’s is now where Tom talked of Hanford’s. Pizza, Italian, brew like downtown Sac.”
The charging stations I know about in Nevada City, such as at Miners Foundry, aren’t listed, so somebody should include them. It’s a collaborative effort.
This is the type of information that could go on a newspaper Web site if they’re serious about differentiating their content from what appears in the print edition.
You could jazz up this map, regionalize it, provide a link “E-vehicles” and host it yourself. And, most important of all, you could find a sponsor, such as a regional dealer who sells EV cars. This is the way to “monetize” your Web traffic, but it’s not happening nearly fast enough.
As I’ve written before, the Bee has done a good job with their Web databases, at least content-wise. For a community newspaper, the Marin IJ has some interesting ones. Go to the newspaper’s “data center” toward the bottom left corner of the site.