Google Maps Can Now Help Users Find Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

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    Google has announced it is introducing electric vehicle (EV) charging stations to its Maps coverage, allowing EV drivers to see on the map where they can stop to recharge during their journeys.

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    Searching in Google Maps for keywords like "ev charging" or "EV charging stations" will display the nearest supported stations, including information on the types of ports available, charging speeds, and how many ports there are. However, there's currently nothing to tell you how many ports are currently occupied at a given station.

    Typical location information is also provided for EV stations, so you can check out user-posted photos, ratings, reviews, and questions. Businesses that have charging stations will also feature links to information about the chargers.

    The types of charging stations Google Maps supports around the world:[*] Global: Tesla, Chargepoint
    [*]US: SemaConnect, EVgo, Blink
    [*]UK: Chargemaster, Pod Point
    [*]AU & NZ: ChargefoxGoogle says the ability to search for electric vehicle charging stations is rolling out now on Android and iOS devices after users have updated the Maps app, with desktop support launching in the coming weeks.

    Google Maps can be downloaded from the App Store for free. [Direct Link]

    Article Link: Google Maps Can Now Help Users Find Electric Vehicle Charging Stations
     
  2. martyjmclean macrumors regular

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    I just came back from another UK trip and electric cars are seemingly common! I wish they were here... I guess everything is too far away for them to be suitable.
     
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    If you're relying on a mobile phone to find a power point EN ROUTE to your destination then maybe an electric car isn't for you.
     
  4. RightMACatU macrumors 65816

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    Having any Google app on your phone is like having an IRA agent following you everywhere you spent or received money :p Even better, it's like having your mother give you a hug in front of every one on your first day of high school :D
     
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    It appears this functionality is already available in :apple: Maps :)

    Searching “EV Chargers” produces two results in my vicinity: one ‘POD Point’ location and one ‘Polar Network’ location.
     
  6. vagos macrumors member

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    Google maps is way ahead Apple maps. I wonder if Apple will ever catch up.
     
  7. JosephAW, Oct 17, 2018
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    Wow found 3 in my area... in Apple Maps
    Hey Waze shows more of them too.
     
  8. Shiro_Simba macrumors regular

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    Simple solution - don’t own a smartphone - tracking worries gone.
     
  9. Sasparilla macrumors 6502a

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    Its nice to see Google catching up to Apple here, since Apple already had this.

    Mostly, at this point, I think they're just expensive for what you get - for the lower priced ones. Here in the U.S. to get one without limitations (range or back seat room adults heads touch the roof/glass in the back of the Volt / Bolt etc.) you're looking at a Model 3 Tesla which starts (at this point) around $49k. Those are selling quite well in the U.S. - but that is a high end market.

    I think the average new car in the U.S. sells for in the mid $20k's. Based on past capacity increases and price declines we'll need a good chunk of a decade (2025 or so) to get battery costs down (short of a real breakthrough) to where a $28k electric car without real limitations (range / size) is practical. JMHO.
     
  10. alwaysbeincontact macrumors regular

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    That’s convenient seeing the electric car movement is here to stay
     
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    I’m in the UK and saw in the Media recently about a lady who travelled to Scotland and she said she ended up “breaking down” because of the lack of charging points where she was headed.
     
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    If there's a Google service which is really useful without on par alternative then it's Google Maps, IMHO. I can live without any other Google services (I'd even dare to say Google Search).
     
  13. arkitect macrumors 603

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    I think she should have done her research better. :)
    Cripes, when we head out into some areas of Scotland and Wales I make sure we're not going to run out of fuel — never mind an electrical point for the car.
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    This depends on whereabouts you were. In the affluent south definitely.
    The further north you go… not so much.

    Economics and education, pure and simple.
     
  14. e-coli macrumors 68000

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    I assume you never get gas on road trips then. :rolleyes:
     
  15. sesnir macrumors 6502

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    I bought an electric car this year and did a lot of research on it. The Tesla is not only too expensive to start with, but I'd want the $8,000 add-ons for autopilot.

    I picked the Nissan Leaf. I get 175 mile range (more than advertised) and the comfort and performance are excellent. We're a two-car family and usually rent a car for super long road trips, so this works for me. I charge it once per week, for free, while I'm at work. Their next model is going to have a 220+ mile range, and by the time I get my next Leaf I'm sure it'll be up past 300.

    They start around $29k but that's before the tax incentives of $7,500 to $10,000 off. Not only does that make them more affordable, but buying one puts money in your pocket at tax time. The federal incentive is being phased out, but I assume that'll come back when the adults are back in charge.
     
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    About time EV chargers get some love! I’ve used the ChargePoint app in addition to my nav map in order to find convenient charging spots.
    Now to see if google maps will filter by charger type & price...
    Also, maybe now people will start to realize chargers are mostly placed in some of the most ridiculous locations. Almost like the people placing/installing these chargers don’t like EVs.
     
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    Sticking with PLUGSHARE - no need for anything else
     
  18. BruceEBonus macrumors 65816

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    I’m not quite sure of the relevance of that response, however in the UK we don’t even have a decent national cycle network (apart from London) so the thought of an organised nationwide electric car charging point network sufficient to cater for a massive surge in their numbers doesn’t fill me with a lot of hope to be honest.

    My daughters family used to have a Nissan Leaf on lease two years ago ... their 80 Mile journey to us seemed perfectly do-able thanks to the 120 mile range claim. In reality the remaining-meter dwindled quicker than expected and with 30 Miles remaining and 20 Miles to complete they couldn’t take the risk and ended up using a Nissan Car Dealer in the city nearby. What a palaver. Took hours to recharge after the queue had died down. Luckily the place was open, still.

    Again. Nice idea. Makes sense. In the real world ... Not so much. Even electric bikes here aren’t taking off due to the governments inherent hate of two wheeled transport ... unless you’re in London!

    And this week they’ve admitted they’re SLASHING the subsidy to buying electric cars. Not good. Short sighted politicians say one thing and do another.

    Short term savings. Massive long term loss as congestion increase and greenhouse gases do the same. The solution is out there. Investment (here at least) certainly is not.
     
  19. MrJeffreyGee macrumors regular

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    I'm surprised Google is just adding this now.
     
  20. komadani macrumors newbie

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    I think you're wrong.
    Google maps supports searching for EV charging station for a long time.
    This time they add the type and number of charger in a charging station which Apple maps is obviously lacking.
     

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