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Published on December 30th, 2018 | by Zachary Shahan


Google Maps Now Features EV Charging Stations #NewsQuickie

December 30th, 2018 by  

OK, this isn’t the hottest news on the planet, but if you missed it, it may be helpful to know that Google Maps now enthusiastically jumps to your service if you’re looking for an EV charging station … which sort of steps all over PlugShare’s toes, but is admittedly a big help for many electric car drivers, especially newbies who knew enough to get a Tesla Model 3 but know very little otherwise about EV life and apps.

The update, which arrived in mid-October, is simple but effective: If you search something like “EV charging” in Google Maps, the map drops those little bubble pins on locations with charging stations. You also get a list of options on the left with some summary information. Additionally, if you click on a bubble pin, you get more info, like the types of charging ports and kW ratings, the price, the charging station provider, and the business where it’s located.

To top things off, you get “information about the station from drivers, including photos, ratings, reviews and questions.”

Oh yeah, if you happen to be searching maps for other things — like restaurants or shoe stores — and you land on a business that has charging stations onsite, that’s one of the pieces of information on the overview page/list about the business.

Naturally, Google had to partner with specific charging station businesses to pull together all of this information. The company indicates that these are the initial partners:

Global: Tesla, Chargepoint

US: SemaConnect, EVgo, Blink

UK: Chargemaster, Pod Point

AU & NZ: Chargefox

I presume more charging station companies will be added soon, but I’m sure Google Maps still misses numerous stations, so don’t snub and forget PlugShare just yet. It is still surely more comprehensive than Google Maps. 


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Zach is tryin' to help society help itself (and other species). He spends most of his time here on CleanTechnica as its director and chief editor. He's also the president of Important Media and the director/founder of EV Obsession and Solar Love. Zach is recognized globally as an electric vehicle, solar energy, and energy storage expert. He has presented about cleantech at conferences in India, the UAE, Ukraine, Poland, Germany, the Netherlands, the USA, and Canada. Zach has long-term investments in TSLA, FSLR, SPWR, SEDG, & ABB — after years of covering solar and EVs, he simply has a lot of faith in these particular companies and feels like they are good cleantech companies to invest in. But he offers no professional investment advice and would rather not be responsible for you losing money, so don't jump to conclusions.

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