Electric cars are taking the spotlight fast. Brands like Tesla have made the electric car a feasible option to consider. The problem with electric cars is finding charging stations when you run out of juice.
Fortunately, Google has just made that easier with the new update of google maps.
The updated version of Google Maps now indicates where you can charge your electric vehicle, as well as the charging speed and the plug type of each station. In the future it would also be possible to check online whether the station is available.
There is more good news: Google also provides useful information on the surroundings of the charging station, so you may have lunch in a local restaurant, grab a coffee or do some shopping while you charge.
Last but not least: Google lets its users rate the charging points – like any other POI – so that other users can choose which one to take.
This new functionality to one of the world’s most popular real-time navigation apps could have a disruptive effect on existing charging apps – especially as soon as Google also enables you to efficiently and securely pay for your car’s electricity.
In the US, both Tesla and Chargepoint’s global network of EV chargers will be added to the iOS and Android versions of the app. Google Maps will also support country-specific networks, such as EVgo, Blink, and SemaConnect in the US; Chargemaster and Pod Point chargers in the UK, and Chargefox in Australia and New Zealand.
The desktop version of Google Maps will be updated with the EV charging feature shortly.