Apple’s latest iOS 17 update brings exciting news for electric vehicle (EV) drivers. With a focus on enhancing the charging experience, Apple Maps now offers real time charging availability for EV drivers. This amazing feature allows users to filter search for available charging networks and plug types, while also designating a preferred charging network. Electric Vehicles supporting Apple Maps are compatible with it which counts in Mach-E and Taycan only, as of now but more EV makers are expected to update their vehicles to support this feature. Although still in its beta phase, this feature promises to revolutionize electric vehicle driving and make finding charging stations easier than ever before.
The all-new iOS 17 platform comes with a new feature to help EV drivers find available charging stations nearby. On Wednesday, 07-June-2023 at the annual developer conference WWDC 2023, the tech company previewed a series of new features and services. The new software update for iOS includes real-time EV charging availability information that will be provided via Apple Maps. This is just the beginning because the company has several other services and features lined up to launch this fall.
With this new service installed in the system, EV drivers can use a filter search to look for available different charging networks and plug types. According to Apple, users with compatible vehicles will be able to designate a preferred charging network.
The company has been working to upgrade their features in this field and even launched an EV routing feature during WWDC 2020. With this feature, users can choose a compatible charging station for their vehicles along their route. This feature also enables tracking current charge and factors in elevation along with other conditions.
This helps it determine whether to add charging stops along the route automatically. The company debuted this feature for Ford Mustang Mach-E in 2022 and later earlier this year added it to Porsche Taycan.
With the new iOS 17 software update Apple Maps on your iPhone will prompt you to set up preferred charging networks for your EV. You get a long list of options to choose from, and the list even includes Electrify America and Tesla Superchargers.
Once the preferred networks for charging stations are selected, Apple Maps presents the real time charging availability for EV drivers. The information displayed will also include the number of stalls available and currently occupied at charging stations.
This feature is still a work in progress feature in iOS 17 beta 1 and some necessary data still needs to be added to it to make it better. Apple explains, “When driving an electric vehicle, you can now choose a preferred charging network and see real-time charging station availability.”
For now, Apple Maps presents real time charging availability for EVs supporting Apple Maps EV routing feature, particularly Taycan and Mach-E. But soon more EV makers are expected to adopt this future which is a great improvement while using CarPlay.