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Tesla Owners on LinkedIn

Discussion in 'Roadster' started by rugbymonk, Jul 20, 2011.

  1. rugbymonk

    rugbymonk Roadster #287; S Sig #14

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    I just started "Tesla Roadster Owners Group" on LinkedIn
    My main goal (since teslamotors cannot devote a resource to it) is to exchange regional locations of HPCs so we can do some road-tripping on the East Coast as easily as the West Coasters can!
    I will try and limit members to real owners (via confirmation with NY sales) who are willing to share their HPCs with fellow owners.
    Please join with your zip code.
    Thanks!
     
  2. bonnie

    bonnie Oil is for sissies.

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    Perhaps the group name might be better as 'East coast Tesla Roadster Owners Group', since your post indicates you won't accept West coast 'real owners'. Or did I misread? It would be nice to keep the global name for a global group ... just my thoughts.
     
  3. rugbymonk

    rugbymonk Roadster #287; S Sig #14

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    Open to anyone worldwide offering their HPC to build a grass-roots network. (Just my personal focus is East Coast, but if it helps other regions, I think a single site is more efficient.) Thanks for pointing that out. I hope that openness is clear now...
     
  4. NigelM

    NigelM Recovering Member

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    Sent you mail via LinkedIn. Sounds like a good idea!
     
  5. S-2000 Roadster

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    Is recargo.com not open enough to support this? I've not tried to add a new charging site, but they do have both public and private stations listed. ... or is your goal to limit the membership to actual owners and thus make the listings more private than recargo?
     
  6. Kevin Sharpe

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    #6 Kevin Sharpe, Jul 21, 2011
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    please consider adding the HPC's to the Open Charge Map database so that we can all benefit from the data;

    http://openchargemap.org/

    once the Charging Station is in the OCM database then you are free to use the data for any purpose including commercial applications. All we are trying to do is to provide a single global database that developers can use and save us all the pain of supporting more than 60 different websites;

    http://sourceforge.net/projects/openchargemap/forums/forum/1250135/topic/3889257
     
  7. Kevin Sharpe

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    with respect, I do not think recargo can be considered 'open'... they seem very reluctant to share 'their' Charging Station data with third parties despite numerous statements to the contrary... here's the official line (I'll let you guess what the response is to a request to share);

    "DOES RECARGO HAVE AN API OR AN XML FEED? CAN I USE YOUR DATA ON MY WEBSITE OR APP?

    Well … probably yes, it depends on the project. If you have an interest in building an interface to Recargo, or using our data in some way, we would love to hear about it. We are always looking to spread the EV gospel. Please contact us and we will work something out."

    http://www.recargo.com/help/topic/13
     
  8. mpt

    mpt Electrics are back

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    I think it's a great idea but, it's another fragmented list of charging stations. Can we try to adopt a single solution like OpenChargeMap?

    Kevin; do you have anything in the roadmap for 'private groups' i.e. those with bespoke chargers those that only want/need to share with other similar or is that moot?

    PlugShare is another platform for home users sharing charging points.
     
  9. Kevin Sharpe

    Kevin Sharpe Active Member

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    this already happens to some extent... the Zero Carbon World Charging Stations are 'flagged' in the database so that we can easily extract and display just the ZCW sites if we wish. Obviously, it would also be possible to come up with multiple layers of access if that's something that the OCM users and EV community desires.

    We have a developer community of ~20 people now so if someone wants something developed quickly I'm sure some of those people are available to hire... so much easier and cheaper than developing a database from scratch and trying to get people to support it :wink:

    The really big win for us all is that OCM only require the Charging Station information entered once, then it's available for every developer to use for free....
     
  10. hcsharp

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    Recargo is pretty useless on the East coast IMHO. It's the last site I check. Open Charge Map is much better but often incomplete or inaccurate. Unfortunately you have to look at 3 or more different sites to find what you need. Then you check with other Roadster owners or your Tesla contact to find where the "real" charging stations are (70 amps). I appreciate your efforts with LinkedIn but I pretty much agree with mpt that we should focus on one site like OpenChargeMap.
     
  11. Kevin Sharpe

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    Please feedback any issues that you find, we want to constantly improve the quality of the data. I don't know if you checked recently but another 400 US sites were added a week or so ago.
     

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