Real-time availability for electric vehicle charging points
If you have ever driven to an electric vehicle (EV) charging station only to find that all ports are occupied, you know that you could end up waiting in line for anywhere between minutes to hours — which can really put a damper on your day when you have places to go and things to do.
Since the 23rd of April, you just have to fire up Google Maps if you need to hunt for an open / available EV charging station. The latest versions of Google Maps for Android, iOS and the web now show real-time availability for charging ports in the US and UK, giving you a better idea of when to go for a top-up – you're no longer relegated to static information. The feature won't help you find a Tesla Supercharger availability if you're driving around in one of Tesla's electric vehicles (you don't really need that given Tesla's app), but it will cover the networks of Chargemaster, EVgo and SemaConnect, with Chargepoint being added soon.
Station info also includes other helpful information such as charging speeds and port types, so you won't risk going to a port that wastes your time. The trickiest bit is simply performing the "ev charging stations" (or simply "ev charging") search you'll need to turn up results. Unless you're using Android Auto, you'll want to come to a stop before you look for an available charger.
A statement issued by Google said: “If you’ve ever driven to an electric vehicle (EV) charging station only to find that all ports are occupied, you know that you could end up waiting in line for anywhere between minutes to hours—which can really put a damper on your day when you have places to go and things to do.
“Starting today, you can see the real time availability of charging ports in the US and UK, right from Google Maps–so you can know if chargers are available before you head to a station. Simply search for ‘ev charging stations’ to see up to date information.”
It added: “You’ll also see information about the station from other drivers, including photos, ratings, reviews and questions.”
This is wonderful news for anyone that in the past tried to charge their vehicle and had issues finding a compatible and free EV charging point.
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