Google Maps has integrated electric vehicle (EV) charging stations into its search feature so that EV drivers don’t have to fret about where they can get their next fix. Most electric vehicle charges can only last about 100 miles, which isn’t much, especially when you’re in an unfamiliar city.
Now, you can search for the nearest charging station by typing “ev charging station near [name of city and state]” into Google Maps. The program will then pull up a map dotted with nearby stations. The stations are represented by red pin drops with letters.
Clicking on a pin drop will pull up the location’s name, address and phone number. Google Maps will also supply you with driving directions to the charging station. The program gets its information from a few sources, including the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). Members of the public, car makers and environmental enthusiasts are also encouraged to contribute to Google Maps’ data by posting information about a charging station’s location on the GeoEVSE Forum.