One of the biggest concerns about all electric vehicles is driving range. Known as range anxiety, drivers fear that the 100-mile driving range on an electric vehicle like the Nissan Leaf just isn’t enough to drive around town for a day. Google is now jumping in to help alleviate this range anxiety by including electric vehicle charging station locations on its Google Maps program.
Google announced this new feature in a recent blog post:
“As consumers embrace electric vehicles, we’ve also been adding information to Google Maps over the past few months to help users find charging stations. Just search on Google Maps for “ev charging station” plus the appropriate area, for example, “ev charging station near mountain view ca.”
Google is obtaining the EV charging station location information from various sources including the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and the general public through the GeoEVSE Forum. Automakers, electric vehicle enthusiasts, charging station installers and others are invited to join the GeoEVSE forum to help expand the EV charging station database; crowdsourcing at its finest.
Now, range anxious EV drivers can pull up Google Maps before leaving the house and plot their daily course around the location of charging stations even though a 100-mile range is more than sufficient for the average driver.