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Google Maps enhances search for EV charging stations

Google Maps enhances search for EV charging stations

"Charging Stations Search"

Google Maps is set to revolutionize the electric vehicle (EV) industry with its latest features that ease the search for EV charging stations. Its new features offer real-time data on a station’s availability and charging speed, taking the guesswork out of the recharging process.

The development is a game-changer for the EV market, making eco-friendly travel more accessible to the broader consumer base. This update, spurred by the missed charging station incident in London, Ohio, includes helpful guides for locating less conspicuous charging points, like those in parking areas.

Additional features include optimizing charging stops during long drives via the vehicle’s navigation system, and tips for maintaining the battery life. Users can also learn when a station might be open based on predictive analytics as well as insights into peak and off-peak charging times for cost-efficiency.

The new updates will roll out in the upcoming months, beginning with vehicles equipped with “Google Built-in,” Google’s driver-assistance software.

Enhancements to Google Maps’ EV charging search

Similar features have recently been added to Waze, a navigation app owned by Google.

Improving visibility and access to charging stations may have a significant impact on the EV market, which comprises approximately 7% of new US car sales. More education is also needed to dispel misconceptions about EV range and charging, while strategies for making charging stations more prevalent and accessible must also be developed.

Stephanie Valdez Streaty of Cox Automotive believes that increasing the number of charging stations and their visibility on apps can assuage “charging anxiety.” She notes that easier accessibility can boost buyer confidence, potentially normalizing the use of electric vehicles. Additionally, she asserts that government incentives and technological advances can further drive the adoption of EVs.

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Google Maps will offer real-time updates on charger availability and speed, suggest optimal charging stops, and include EV chargers in filtering search results for hotels. The tech giant will also use user-generated data to guide to difficult-to-locate charging sites, making EV charging truly user-friendly.

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