One of the problems with electric cars is that they need to be charged, and unlike gas stations, EV charging stations still aren’t quite as ubiquitous just yet. To make matters worse, there still doesn’t seem to be a standard connector, meaning that depending on the car you drive, you may or may not be able to find an EV that supports it.
The good news is that if you’re a Google Maps user, it seems that Google has recently introduced a new feature in which you can list the type of connector that your electric car uses, and based on that, Google Maps will be able to find EV charging stations that offer up the correct plug for your car.
Google Maps already offers users the ability to look for EV charging stations, but like we said, due to different cars using different connectors, the nearest EV charging station to you might not be the right one. For example, Nissan’s EVs use the CHAdeMO connector, while BMW and Volkswagen use CCS, while Tesla has its own proprietary connector (although in their defense, they also have their own dedicated stations).
So the next time you’re driving your EV and need a dedicated charging station, you shouldn’t have any problems finding the correct one using Google Maps. Note that presumably this feature is only available in the US, so EV drivers in other parts of the world might not get this feature.