Electric cars may not be the rage in the country just yet but we are definitely getting there. However, unlike smartphones, EV don’t have standard plugs for charging, making the task of finding the right charging station for your EV a daunting task.
Well, Google Maps’ had a feature for a while that could show electric car owners EV charging stations around them so they can quickly top-up their car’s battery range on the go. As per a report by Android Police, Google’s now improving this feature, allowing you to search for EV charging stations by the plug-type your car supports.
To steal a part of Google’s thunder, there have been other third-party apps that filled that need before but now you don’t have to navigate away from Google Maps just for that.
If you’re reading this in India and you’ve never owned an EV then it might come as a surprise to you that there are different types of charging connectors used by several car manufacturers. For example, Nissan uses its propreitory connector named CHAdeMO, Tesla, meanwhile uses its own connector, and the BMW and VW use CCS plug type for charging their cars. However, the users can choose from different plugs, including J1772, CCS (Combo 1), Type 2, CCS (Combo 2), CHAdeMO, and Tesla.
To use the new feature, the users can head over to the Google Maps > Settings > Electric Vehicle Settings >Your Plugs > Choose and save.
It may seem like a small addition of a sorting feature but adding a plug type filter goes a long way in increasing consumer confidence in electric vehicles. That doesn’t really address the lack of stations in the first place and may even highlight their scarcity, but it does help users know they can rely on Google Maps to tell them where the right station is for their car.