Place to Plug was born as a **collaborative platform** in 2015 in order to unify charging points of private users, and today we have become a platform with an **end to end solution** for the electric vehicle (EV) charging industry.
## What does it mean?
On the one hand, the heart of the project is Connect, a **control center** for EV charging points that allows managing any type of charging station, thanks to which we can obtain metrics and statistics adapted to your needs.
On the other hand, we offer an app **for EV drivers** designed to offer the best charging experience. It will allow you to access a map with more than 180,000 charging stations, choose the one that is closest to you and even reserve it, and charge your vehicle to the point you have chosen.
And finally, we offer Developer, a **platform for developers** which allows integrating Place to Plug in any third-party system, app or website. In addition, we also offer a real-time API.
## Control center for the EV charging stations management
The most advanced EV charging stations management system on the market will allow you to obtain **real-time information**, statistics tailored to the needs you have as an operator (whether you are an individual owner, a small business, a company or a large corporation), and offers multiple features and advanced parameters:
- Complete information about **statuses** and **charging sessions**, as well as notifications and **issues**
- **Real-time assistance** that allows you to stay in touch with your users at any time
- **Custom tariffs** taking into account any desired variable
- **Charging area** management and **charging session** management
- **Booking** management
- **User and group** management as well as **vehicle and fleet** management
- **Billing** and **payments** management
- Activation with **RFID card**
And, in addition, **custom statistics** will allow you to obtain graphs and reports about the electricity consumed, the charging time, the **CO2 savings**, your income, etc. In short, Connect allows you to remotely manage any EV charging point quickly and easily, allowing you to **get the most out of your charging station**:
## App for EV drivers
Our app for electric vehicle owners (**always for free!**) allows you to enjoy electric driving with everything you need. **Simply tap, charge and go!**
- **Thousands of charging stations** around the world on our map and list of points
- **Public** and **private** charging points and real-time status
- **Advanced filters** such as power, connector type, charging zone type…
- **Favorites** section, **history** and **details** of your charging sessions
- **Reviews**, **issues**, **images** and specific **addresses** of charging points
- Start charging by scanning a **QR code**
- **Book charging points** to ensure your charge
- Easily **share your charging point** with our community on our world map
- Private charging points **management** and also bookings management
And, of course, **Tesla** users will also find all **Supercharger** stations in our app!
Moreover, now you can do more things than ever with our EV charging app without even opening the app, thanks to our **widget** and Apple Watch app!
- Check your current **charging session** at a glance
- **Remote start/stop** right from your wrist
- Find **nearby** charging **stations**
- View charging session **history** & **details**
- Check the **status** of your favorite stations in real-time
- Get charging point **directions** directly from your wrist
## Developer platform
Developer offers to develop solutions for the electric vehicle charging easily and without complications, with **customizable integrations**, fast and easy, with real-time information worldwide and with 100% trustworthy data.
Develop your own customized and flexible charging solutions:
- **Add a map on your site or app**
Embed a map with essential information for your users: real-time status of your charging stations, charging area information, connector types and much more.
- **Activate chargers from your site or app**
Add a widget to allow your users to operate charging stations directly from your site or app. They will be able to check the status in real-time or start and stop charging.
- **Access a real-time worldwide charging station database**
Get access to a constantly updated geolocated charging station database with real-time information about charging station statuses and charging prices.
- **A charging station API**
The Place to Plug API simplifies charging station management in your own developments. A modern, flexible and event-based API to provide real-time information and to operate charging stations.
Discover our GraphQL API practicing with our Playground below!
## 🚀 Where are we going?
In transforming the charge into another one much more efficient and intelligent. It means, to enhance the concept of **[Smart Charging](https://blog.placetoplug.com/en/post/smart-charging-system-5f197b7d87db)**.
We want to boost the electric vehicle industry and be a key element in the **transition to a more sustainable mobility**, since we dream in a world where society works thanks to renewable energy, not only in the transport industry but in any scope of our lives.
Our planet and our health needs us!
🚙 So how can Place to Plug help you?
By empowering you to use electric vehicles offering an end to end solution for the entire EV charging industry, whether if you are an EV driver, a developer, a business or an institution!