Google Maps show real-time usage of charge points
Google Maps is now allowing drivers see the real time availability of charging ports in the UK and US.
Google Maps now includes up to date information from networks like Chargemaster, EVgo, SemaConnect and soon, Chargepoint. It will show how many ports are currently available, along with other helpful details, like the business where the station is located, port types and charging speeds.
It also allows you to see information about the station from other drivers, including photos, ratings, reviews and questions.
Google said: "If you’ve ever driven to an electric vehicle (EV) charging station only to find that all ports are occupied, you know that you could end up waiting in line for anywhere between minutes to hours—which can really put a damper on your day when you have places to go and things to do.
"Now you can see the real time availability of charging ports in the U.S. and U.K, right from Google Maps–so you can know if chargers are available before you head to a station."