Google Maps is expanding its app to help owners of electric vehicles find the most suitable location for charging.
Google Maps added an EV charging feature on Tuesday, providing users with charging station information. Google has been charging stations for several years. But now Google Maps shows more stations from supported networks and provides information about the stations themselves, including how many ports are available and how fast they can be loaded.
Users can enter keywords such as "ev charging" or "EV charging stations" to see the nearest supported stations.
The EV charge search feature will launch on Android and iOS on Tuesday and will launch in the coming weeks Desktop.
Google Maps now supports charging stations around the world, including Tesla and ChargePoint worldwide, as well as SemaConnect, EVgo, and Blink in the US ChargeMaster and Pod Point are included in Google Maps in the UK, and ChargeFox stations are shown in Australia and New Zealand.
Google Maps displays information about the store where the station is located, the available ports, the loading speed, and the number of ports. Users also receive information about the station from drivers, including photos, reviews, ratings and questions.
There are other third-party applications out there with this type of information, especially PlugShare, which has been a source for many electric vehicle owners in the past. Innogy recently acquired the PlugShare parent company Recargo.