Waze introduces a new functionality: the points compatible with our electric investment on the road
Which is, with the permission of Google Maps, one of the most accessible maps of the moment, expands its functionality with its new service. Now Waze allows you to locate charging points for electric cars and since it seems to us to be one of the most useful and interesting options, we will tell you how it works.
Before I continue, it is important to clarify that the charging function in Waze is already available in the United States and that, although it will not be long before it reaches Europe, we will have to wait a little.
How to locate charging points in Waze
One of Waze’s keys to electric car drivers is that it gets right to the point. The application not only shows the plates that users can find on the road, but also allows you to filter the results so that only those that are compatible with your vehicle appear.
To do this, you just need to enter the model of the car, and then choose the type of plug. With this information, the application shows compatible stations and nearby stations; it also indicates the status of the bowls (if they are working or free).
Waze now routes you to a given station that works for your EV
In this way, as Waze states in its blog, what they want to solve is one of the main obstacles faced by those who drive the plug in the car: “often the information from charging stations is inconsistent, outdated or vague”.
Could it be better…
Not without first thanking the authors of Waze for the effort to make the application more friendly to electric car drivers, we will allow ourselves to introduce a series of suggestions that, in our opinion, will serve much better.
In the first place, it would be good to calculate the time expected to recover the lost energy; Maybe I could do it from the percentage of the recharge we want to save so that it adds it to the total travel time estimate. They also show prices, as gas stations do.
To ask, it would not be bad at all (and in this we would also present ourselves with Google Maps, which also allows to locate recharging stations on the route) the application can be used as a means of payment, with, today, interoperability. between the bowls is still somewhat limited.