Google Maps replaces fuel stations with charging points for electric vehicle drivers

Godfrey Elimian
Google Maps now allow EV drivers access the nearest charging points
Google Maps now allow EV drivers access the nearest charging points

Google Maps has introduced a new feature that provides enhanced assistance to electric vehicle (EV) drivers seeking charging stations, offering a convenient solution for those in need of a quick power-up.

When using Google Maps through Android Auto for navigation, users with EVs registered in their app settings will now receive improved support. Notably, the Categories menu within the app has been refined to prioritise charging points over gas stations since these cars don’t rely on gas.

This enhancement addresses a critical need for EV drivers, allowing them to seamlessly locate charging stations while on the road.

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In the Categories menu, users can easily explore nearby locations that fall within specific categories such as restaurants, groceries, coffee shops, gas stations, and charging points, among others. By selecting a category, the app will present users with several recommended locations that match their preferences.

This update is especially beneficial for instances when EV drivers find themselves in unfamiliar areas and urgently require a charging station. As the trend leans towards electric vehicles and sustainable transportation, the adjustment in the app’s navigation approach aligns with the evolving needs of environmentally conscious drivers.

In addition to designating their vehicle as an EV, users can further customise their preferences by specifying the type of charger required and desired charge speed. This additional information refines the list of recommended charging options, ensuring a tailored experience for every driver.

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As of now, this enhancement is exclusively available on the Android Auto version of Google Maps. While charging station searches can still be conducted on the standard Maps app, the accessibility of the shortcut varies based on vehicle preferences.

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This update follows a change from last September that allows the app to tailor its personalised route recommendations to help EV drivers travel more efficiently. Much like how the feature works for other vehicle drivers, Google Maps looks over the data it has and recommends the route it believes will be most efficient, marking it with a green leaf symbol.

Typically the most efficient route is also the fastest but when it isn’t, the time difference between the two is often minimal – and choosing the more efficient (albeit slower) route means you’ll use less fuel or charge to get from A to B and hopefully save money in the long run.

Despite these advancements, Google Maps faces competition from built-in navigation systems present in many EVs. These proprietary systems excel in their ability to monitor the vehicle’s status and adjust routes based on available charges. Google Maps acknowledges this challenge and is actively working to further enhance its offerings.


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