Apple Maps Gets Into The EV Charging Game In UK

6 months ago by Sebastian Blanco 7

Apple Maps London EV Chargers

But is it too little, too late?

If you want your Apple CarPlay to finally direct you to an electric vehicle charger, good news. Apple is expanding its built-in navigation app with EVSE information for Europe, starting with the UK. This sort of info came to the U.S. part of Apple Maps late last year.

The UK EV charger data is drawn from Moovility, which is run by Cirrantic and is based in Munich, Germany. Given that Moovility already lists EVSEs for other countries on its website, we assume more such spots will be available in Apple Maps soon. After all, if the CarStations app and Google Maps already have this sort of data (which they do), then Apple needs to at least keep pace, if not take the lead somehow. The CEO of Cirrantic, Arne Meusel, told Bloomberg that, “We think that consistent, live information of the growing charger infrastructure increases the confidence of EV drivers and, especially with Apple Maps, attracts new user groups to sustainable mobility offerings like EV cars. In the U.K. we started with supporting the major charger operators, including Podpoint, CYC, Ecotricity, NPower and NewMotion. Any interested operator is welcome to set up a connection with us.”

Since we’re not driving an EV through London at the moment, we’re not sure if the Apple Maps information is better than a dedicated EVSE app like the one from ChargePoint or the built-in databases found in the nav systems of some EVs. Yes, we know that the ChargePoint app doesn’t work in Europe, but there are other EVSE-specific alternatives available. Those of you who use these sorts of digital services in Europe, which do you find most useful, and do you think Apple’s entry will make finding a place to charge up easier than whatever system you’re using now?

Alongside the EV updates, Apple has also added bike rental locations to its London, Paris, and New York maps.

Source: Bloomberg

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7 responses to "Apple Maps Gets Into The EV Charging Game In UK"

  1. reijer says:

    How hard is it to make a route planner with all the available chargers in the system so you can adjust your range, starting battery level and type of charger and of you go. The navigation could bring you to the best located chargers.

  2. unlucky says:

    It’s very welcome to have this in CarPlay/Apple Maps. If you have an iPhone and a Chevy Bolt then Apple Maps with CarPlay to the center screen is your nav.

    I’d really prefer Google Maps with PlugShare data, but this is certainly so much better than nothing.

  3. Brandon says:

    I’m actually somewhat familiar with the various charging maps in Europe, having added 450 CCS locations to the PlugShare map in Sept 2015. Took about three weeks and 40 hours.
    (If you look on the Leaderboard, I’m there, 4th)
    In the U.K. Zap Map is considered the best, with PlugShare the second. Of all the counties in Europe, the U.K. uses PlugShare more than others I would say.

  4. All-Purpose Guru says:

    Don’t EVEN get me started about the on-board nav solutions in cars these days.

    There’s a REASON Tesla uses Google Maps– the maps in my Honda were woefully out-of-date before I even installed them in my car. (they are delivered via USB key.)

    Not to mention that the nav system in the car is, at best, a second or third-rate solution. The software is always at least a couple steps behind the system’s own units and most, if not all of those solutions are poor when compared to just velcroing your phone to the dash board.

    My Honda has an Alpine system in it, and the software in it is so bad the Pause button doesn’t even work to pause the playback on the phone. That feature works on the analogous Alpine system from Alpine, which has software that is at least several years ahead of what Honda ships, but is still woefully behind any kind of CarPlay-Android Auto solution.

  5. Victore says:

    ChargeMap is very good in Switzerland.

  6. Keith Johnston says:

    Zap-Map is by far the most accurate charging platform form in the UK. It uses dynamic data from an increasing number of networks and real time feedback from EV drivers using the charge points. If Apple want to catch up / get a lead on Google then they should try to work with Zap-Map.

    1. Brandon says:

      Correct. And another interesting thing is that there’s a government agency that has all the network operators provide them with the data of all new stations added, and they in turn can supply Zap-map with all the data.

      I wonder if PlugShare and (whatever other map providers) could benefit from a system like that here in the U.S.