Google Maps update to find EV charging stations and directly open payment options
Google Maps will soon enable users to find EV charging stations but will also open payment options for charging processes directly via the app.
The release - Google Maps 10.30 - will also includes a feature to store information about the user's EV in their profile, so Google Maps will only display compatible charging stations.
Late last year, Google updated Maps to show nearby electric vehicle charging stations.
Maps will show information about the business where the EV charging station is located, what kind and how many ports are available, the charging speeds, and other information including reviews, photos, and more.
Charging station information is pulled from Tesla, Chargepoint, SemaConnect, EVgo, Blink, Chargemaster, Pod Point, and Chargefox.
While these services provide Google Maps a huge number of EV charging stations to show on the map, the driver still needs to use a separate app to pay for charging.
That could change in the near future, however, as Google Maps 10.30 is expected to support making payments straight from the app.
Google Maps is preparing to let users update their profile with information on their electric vehicle. You’ll be able to add your plugs so you’ll only see compatible charging stations when searching in the app.
An official announcement from Google is expected in the next few weeks.
It follows an update in April, when a new EV-related feature was added, showing real-time availability of charging ports.