Electrify America Adds Smartphone Compatibility To Help EV Owners Find Chargers
【Summary】Finding a charger is still a problem for a lot of EV owners, but Electrify America is looking to change that by adding Apple CarPlay and Android Auto support.
Despite the recent increase in the number of electric vehicles on sale in the U.S., charging stations continue to be in short supply. With numerous smartphone applications, electric vehicles coming with their own software, and web mapping platforms like Google Maps all offering different ways to find chargers, it can be a little overwhelming. Not to mention confusing. Electrify America is here to help by pushing out an update for its application that includes smartphone compatibility.
Making Things Easier
Apple CarPlay and Android Auto users will find that Electrify America's app now has an extra dose of usability. When searching for nearby electric car charging stations, users will be able to do so straight on their car's infotainment system. This wasn't available before, as users would have to use their smartphones.
With the rollout of the new capability, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto users will be able to find a charger, start and stop a charging session from inside their electric vehicle, and change their current charging plan. All of these features are incredibly convenient and should streamline the process. Just like the smartphone application, drivers will be able to see what type of chargers are available at the location, as well, and if they're in use.
Electrify America doesn't have that many chargers available for EV owners to use. Currently, the company has 650 of its charging stations across the country, which include roughly 2,700 individual chargers.
Will Others Follow?
"Electrify America is constantly striving to meet customers where they are and make the transition to EV driving as seamless as possible," said Brenna Corrigan, manager of brand & digital marketing at Electrify America. "With this expanded functionality, we are integrating essential charging station navigation information right into customers' vehicles, helping them feel confident on the road."
Since Electrify America was created by Volkswagen after the German automaker's Dieselgate scandal, we can't help but feel like this is going to be a major advantage for VW owners. Of course, Electrify America's chargers have CCS and CHAdeMO connectors, but this kind of seems like it will open up the door for automakers to partner with individual charging companies to create bespoke products.
Still, Electrify America's latest update will certainly help EV owners get the most out of their vehicles. Going forward, it will be interesting to see if other automakers and charging companies adopt similar application integration like Electrify America did.
Vineeth Joel Patel
Joel Patel has been covering all aspects of the automotive industry for four years as an editor and freelance writer for various websites. When it comes to cars, he enjoys covering the merger between technology and cars. In his spare time, Joel likes to watch baseball, work on his car, and try new foods
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