Google Maps Now Offers Detailed Charging Station Info

OCT 16 2018 BY MARK KANE 17

Google Maps now includes a charging station search feature

Google announced that Google Maps got a new feature of searching for charging stations and displaying information about the sites.

As of today, Google integrated the first several major networks. The company says that the ability to search for electric vehicle charging stations starts rolling out on Android and iOS, with desktop launching in the coming weeks.

Google Maps now supports charging stations around the world, including:

Global: Tesla, Chargepoint

US: SemaConnect, EVgo, Blink

UK: Chargemaster, Pod Point

AU & NZ: Chargefox

Here is how it works:

“Our newest feature brings helpful information about electric vehicle (EV) charging stations to the Map, so you can be confident that your car will be charged and ready for your ride, wherever you’re headed.”

“A quick search for keywords like “ev charging” or “EV charging stations” will display the nearest supported stations. To help you make a quick decision about which station to use, we’ll show you information about the business where the station is located, the types of ports available, charging speeds, and how many ports there are. You’ll also see information about the station from drivers, including photos, ratings, reviews and questions.”

Additionally, the new feature enables businesses that have charging stations to add information about the charging site if available.

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So besides ChargePoint do they also have PlugShare?

PlugShare is just a platform like Maps…

Is this the beginning of the end of Plugshare?

(⌐■_■) Trollnonymous

Probably not yet.
Plugshare also allows you to pay for a charge at certain locations.

And to plan/map trips based on charging locations.

I just see Google continuing to add more & more EV charging based features to their maps. Surprised they didn’t just buy Plugshare.

PlugShare can filter to stations that support your specific EV.

Not on Oʻahu where none of the DC fast chargers are shown on Google Maps but are shown on Plugshare. Of course, that could change…

This still can’t replace plugshare. The main issue isn’t just finding the stations, you have to know if the station is dependable and going to work. The rating system in plugshare is really helpful if you are in a BEV and you need to plot a journey.

PlugShare also has route planning.

Now add road trip planning.

Without EV owner feedback on charging sessions, like PlugShare, we’ll see a lot of dead or inaccessible chargers.

It is pretty sad. A restricted access ChargePoint is listed downtown. The fast DC charger is not listed. The L2 charger behind Propst at Pratt Ave is not listed.

Then add them. Drive to them, take pictures and add them. I do this for businesses in my area all the time. I’m sure we should be able to do this for the charging stations.

I tried the google maps for charging and it needs lots of input. Most locations did not show the name of the place they were at like a Hotel, Company etc. They also had many spots that were missing. Plugshare seems to be the best with every charger and even electric outlets shown as well as filters to not see them or the very poor Blinks.

Nice try but as commented by a lot of people Google doesn’t have any experience about the needs of an EV driver like all the platforms available in the market. I’m using because this is the leader in Spain and actually expanding to whole Europe and planning to cover the world soon. Experience since 2009 makes the difference. Not only routing, hotel booking and filtering included but also border less payment with one app or RFID. Will take some time till Google reaches this point. Maybe they will cover US soon but to cover the thousands of different providers in Europe will be sort of difficult for them. I’ll proceed using Electromaps also to support enthusiasts who invested their life to help the world and not Google which is only wanting to get our data 😉