Electric vehicle users now have the option to remove gas stations from the list of points of interest in Google Maps. This information has been confirmed by Google from the site ledge,
In addition, several options are designed to provide electric vehicle users with a better, more practical experience. Those options include filtering charging stations by speed, identifying the fastest charging stations, and filtering charging points by plug type to ensure compatibility between connectors.
The most valuable of the new options is “Real-time Charging Port Availability”, or real-time charging port availability. With this feature, Google Maps shows which charging ports are in use, thereby reducing wait times.
On most long-distance trips, electric vehicle drivers will have to make midway stops for charging. As a result, Google Maps will suggest the best charging point location based on the battery level, estimated power consumption, and traffic at that time.
Many of these features are already available on electric vehicles using Google’s built-in software, such as the Polestar 2, Volvo XC40 and Cadillac Lyric. However, not available to normal Android Auto users.
Now, this function will be clearly visible to users, helping them choose insightful content and place it on the car’s infotainment screen.
Introducing tram-friendly features isn’t Google Maps’ only recent move. The application is also “eco-routing”, which means providing the most sustainable transport option possible. According to Google, by doing this they have helped reduce about 1.2 million tonnes of CO emissions2,