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Google Maps Now Shows EV Charging Points

Dave Parrack 17-10-2018

Google Maps is adding information about EV (electric vehicle) charging stations around the world. Drivers of electric cars and trucks will now be able to search for the nearest compatible charging stations right from within Google Maps.


With the number of electric vehicles on the road Chevy Bolt EV Hands-On: Apparently, Electric Cars Don't Suck Anymore This month we had the opportunity to test drive one of Chevy’s latest cars to hit the all-electric car market, the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV. Read More increasing, demand for charging stations is also on the increase. So it makes sense for Google to add this information to Maps. After all, running out of charge is the nightmare scenario for EV owners.

Google Maps Helps Drivers

Electric vehicle owners who find themselves running low on power can now turn to Google Maps for help. Google Maps has shown some EV charging stations for years now, but the feature is being beefed up to include additional charging networks and information.

According the The Keyword, all you need to do is search for keywords like “EV charging” or “EV charging stations”. The nearest supported stations will then be displayed, along with information about the location, the type of ports, the charging speeds, and more.

Businesses that have charging stations on their property will now feature a link containing this information. And drivers will be able to add to the information on offer by way of ratings, reviews, photos, and questions (and answers).


The only important information that appears to be missing is whether any individual ports are unoccupied. Which means you could head for a charging station only to find it full to capacity. However, adding such realtime information could be a challenge.

Google Maps Starts Charging

Google Maps currently supports Tesla and Chargepoint globally, as well as SemaConnect, EVgo, and Blink in the U.S., Chargemaster and Pod Point in the U.K., and Chargefox in Australia and New Zealand. The feature is available for Google Maps on Android and iOS.

Google has been adding a load of new features to Maps recently. For starters, Google Maps is now wheelchair-friendly Google Maps Is Now Wheelchair Friendly Google has added information regarding wheelchair accessibility to Google Maps. And it's all thanks to the company's famed "20% time". Read More . And Google Maps can help you find a parking space Google Maps Now Helps You Find a Parking Space Google Maps is introducing new tools to help you park your car. And in one fell swoop, Google Maps has eased the worried minds of drivers everywhere. Read More too. Still, there are some Google Maps alternatives 6 Google Maps Alternatives and Why They Matter Google Maps isn't the only free map application on the web. These Google Maps alternatives bring useful features and helpful information to help you go around your world. Read More for people who like getting lost.

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