[REVIEW] : Waze will indicate charging stations for electric vehicles

The Waze and Volkswagen companies have just joined forces. With this alliance, they launched a new feature for users of the mapping application. That of locating electric vehicle charging stations. A function already available at Google Maps or Chargemap, reports 9to5Google, relayed by Phonandroid.

“This is an incredibly exciting time for Waze as Volkswagen is adding EV charging stations to our map for the first time ahead of a very busy holiday period,” said Jeffrey Kohl, Head of Industry at Waze. .

Not yet available in France

“Volkswagen is helping to define how electric vehicles look on the Waze map and we look forward to highlighting the breadth of electric vehicle stations available in the United States, especially as more and more automotive brands are coming on board. are moving towards an electric future,” he continued.

Unfortunately, this functionality will not be available for the moment in France. In question, his new partner is only the owner of Electrify America. The latter has many charging stations in the United States. Only those of this company can be spotted on the map.

Waze will soon integrate electric vehicle charging stations

Owners of electric vehicles know only too well that finding a charging station is not always easy. If there are already dedicated applications for finding charging stations for electric vehicles, Waze could soon simplify their search.

The application has just entered into a partnership with Volkswagen and will begin to display the German manufacturer’s electric charging stations on its map. Users will thus be able, in the same way as petrol stations, to display and search for charging stations for their electric vehicle in the application. Until now, Waze allowed you to search for charging stations, but without integrating them as real points of interest.

If for the moment the display of charging stations in Waze is the result of a partnership with Volskwagen, the application could soon go further and catch up with its r****d on the issue.

If for the moment the display of charging stations in Waze is the result of a partnership with Volskwagen, the application could soon go further and catch up with its r****d on the issue.

Waze: the long-awaited update for electric cars is here

Good news for EV drivers: Waze is starting to integrate charging stations into its navigation app. But not everyone can take advantage of it right now.

In July 2021, the electric vehicle market accounted for 7.5% of new vehicle sales in Europe according to figures from the Association of European Automobile Manufacturers. This is more than twice as much as the previous year (3.5% in the second quarter of 2020).

This evolution of the market is therefore accompanied by changes in infrastructure (charging stations) and habits (travel times, charging times, etc.). No question for Waze to jump on the bandwagon. The number 1 application for satellite guidance intends to keep its title. To do this, the developers have added a feature that will delight electric car drivers: charging stations.

Waze teams up with Volkswagen for ‘an electric future’

“This is an incredibly exciting time for Waze,” said Jeffrey Kohl, Head of Industry at Waze. And to add:

Volkswagen is adding EV charging stations to our map for the first time, ahead of a busy holiday period. Volkswagen is helping define how EVs look on the Waze map and we look forward to highlighting the breadth of EV stations available in the United States, especially as more and more automotive brands move towards an electric future.

Reading Jeffrey Kohl’s statements, we understand that this new feature displaying electric charging stations is not available to everyone. For now, she is indeed deployed only in the United States. Waze does not specify whether it intends to extend it to other countries.

Another limitation: the charging stations displayed are therefore those of Volkswagen via the Electrify America network, owned by the German company.

What does this partnership mean for the user? Drivers of electric vehicles will be able to better prepare their journeys since the charging stations are indicated on the navigation application. This feature already exists for fuel stations, it even displays the prices on the Waze interface. US users can even pay their fill directly from the Waze app. A little extra that will not be applied to charging stations for the launch of the feature.

Still, this novelty will delight drivers of electric vehicles for whom the question of autonomy is still at the heart of their concerns. The partnership with Volkswagen is therefore a first step for Waze, but the company will have to convince other experts in the sector to offer a complete solution like Tesla.

Elon Musk’s vehicles directly embed a function to display charging stations on the routes. Even better, it indicates at which station you will have to stop to refuel and how long it will take.

Waze is timidly starting to integrate electric charging stations

Waze will finally show charging stations for electric cars, but the navigation app will do it so tentatively that you probably won’t see it. For the moment, only terminals in the United States are displayed on the maps, and again, not for all users according to 9To5 Google, which adds that this addition is also linked to a marketing operation carried out with Volkswagen. Moreover, American users of the app can replace the pinhead with an ID.4, an electric SUV from the brand.

Suffice to say that we are still far from the useful function for drivers of electric vehicles. By doing a little research in the Waze app in France, we can notice that Ionity charging stations and Tesla superchargers are sometimes listed in the search results, but without any associated information. App users have added the data, since Waze is still based on participatory operation, but there is no element on the terminals present and their type.

Waze’s r****d in this area is all the more surprising since its creators have access to complete information. Google has indeed a large database of charging stations for Maps – since 2011! —, you can not only search for them, but also know the number of terminals, the type of connector used and even the power. Even Apple’s Maps has a list of stations since iOS 14 and a number of terminals, with less information than its competitor, but which may be sufficient for day-to-day use.

However, all these apps remain too limited for an electric car driver who wants to make long journeys. To plan a trip, it is necessary to include the stops at the terminals and to forecast the consumption in real time on the road, as well as the charging time during the break. So many elements that still escape entirely from Waze and Maps, but even Google does not do it in Maps, while the company knows how to perform these calculations in Android Automotive vehicles.

Fortunately, drivers can count on other tools that have been around for several years. There are several, but the reference is ABRP which allows you to estimate consumption and charging times as precisely as possible depending on the model of electric car, the terrain and the weather. Not to mention the tools built into the cars themselves

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