Google Maps Update: Electric Car Owners Can Now Check Where to Top Up

The future is electric and technological. This statement is accurate in so many ways. While the majority of the people still continue to use cars running on petroleum and gas, electric cars have started to emerge. What was once a dream or a fantasy, has become a reality. Tesla, Elon Musk’s dream come true, is bringing about a revolutionary change. These cars, while they drive themselves into the future, they do that while being on battery power. Perhaps those autopilot moments from Star Trek are the subject of nostalgia in this context. Google, being the perfectionist company it is, has integrated something that would be quite useful to these particular car owners.

While it is very convenient for drivers to fill up on gas while on the highway, the same cannot be said for electronic car drivers. This is because even though manufacturers throughout the globe have come out with their version of the car, it isn’t easy setting up a network of power stations for electric cars to charge. This is where Google comes in. We all know how integrated Google Maps are, just one touch of a button and suddenly you can see all kinds of details about your destination.

In an official blog post, Google has confirmed that Google Maps will offer real-time information on EV charging stations. Not only that, but users can see the rate of the charging point, how far it is from the user. Heck, it even shows the supported ports and wattages at the station.

Google is taking advantage of the massive amounts of data it has. This is truly a great service. Cars with interfaces such as that of Tesla, they can integrate this into their system. This would allow the car to automatically move to the nearest station to fill up. With time, there can be additional information added such as the number of chargers available and a number of cars already there, to check for vacancy.

For now, this is a rolling update. To get the latest feature in, users need to update their app. If there is no update available, just delete and reinstall the app to get to the latest version.

Sarmad Burki


Sarmad Burki is a Mathematician and a Economist with a passion for all things gaming and tech. His academics and professional experience combined with tech and gaming adds to his skills giving him a unique ability to observe the tech and gaming industry from various prespectives.