Finding a place to quickly top off your electric car’s battery might get a little bit easier: Google announced today that it’s adding support to Google Maps for EV chargers. Both Tesla and Chargepoint’s global network of EV chargers will be added to the iOS and Android versions of the app starting today, with support for the desktop version of Maps coming in a few weeks.
Google Maps will also support different charging networks specific to certain countries. It will display chargers in the EVgo, Blink, and SemaConnect networks in the US; Chargemaster and Pod Point chargers in the UK; and Chargefox ones in Australia and New Zealand.
Nearby chargers will show up in Google Maps when a user searches for related terms like “EV charging,” or “charging stations.” Maps will include information about what types of ports are available at a given location, how powerful they are, pricing, as well as driver reviews and ratings.
That last bit is crucial. While new EV chargers come online every week, they’re still not nearly as reliable or quick as something like a gas station. Ports can go offline for a variety of reasons, EV-only parking rules can be ignored, and sometimes picky business owners (in particular, parking lot managers) shoo people away who are only looking for a short pit stop to charge. It also still takes a long time to charge an electric car from empty to half, let alone full battery.
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