One of the many challenges faced by electric vehicles is infrastructure. As opposed to their gas-powered counterparts, EVs have a comparatively low level of investment into the necessary infrastructure – particularly charging stations – to make electrification more plausible. In an effort to help alleviate this lack of a charging network, Google Maps has just introduced new features to help drivers find charging stations.
Available on vehicles equipped with Google built-in, Google Maps has launched three new features for electric vehicle owners:
- Add charging stations to shorter trips
- For any trip that requires a charging stop, Google Maps will suggest the best station to stop at based on factors like traffic, charge level and expected energy consumption. This is intended to help ease the range-anxiety often associated with EVs.
- Very fast charging stations
- This filter will allow drivers to more easily find stations with chargers capable of 150 kW or higher. For many electric vehicles, this would allow drivers to get back on the road with substantial power in less than 40 minutes.
- Charging stations in search results
- When drivers search for places like supermarkets, Google Maps will also show results for places that charging stations on-site. This allows drivers to charge their vehicles will performing other tasks, like shopping.
It’s worth noting that many new GM products are equipped with Google built-in as standard, including:
- 2023-2024 Cadillac Lyriq
- 2023 Chevy Colorado
- 2022-2023 Chevy Silverado 1500
- 2024 Chevy Silverado EV
- 2024 Chevy Silverado HD
- 2022-2023 Chevy Suburban
- 2022-2023 Chevy Tahoe
- 2023 GMC Canyon
- 2022-2023 GMC Hummer EV Pickup
- 2024 GMC Hummer EV SUV
- 2022-2023 GMC Sierra 1500
- 2024 GMC Sierra HD
- 2022-2023 GMC Yukon
Speaking of which, for any readers who may need a refresher on how to use the Google built-in feature, GM Authority previously gave a breakdown on how to access the Google Voice Assistant and Google Navigation features. These technologies allow drivers to execute hands-free calling and texting, in addition to providing up-to-date route info and gas and EV charge station location data, along many more features.