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Google added EV charging stations to Google Maps last October. While that’s a big help, travelers could still find themselves waiting in line for minutes or hours to use the charger.
As of Monday, you can now see the real time availability of charging ports in the U.S. and U.K, within Google Maps, helping travelers know if chargers are available before they head to a station.
To use the feature, simply search for “ev charging stations” to see up to date information from networks like Chargemaster, EVgo, SemaConnect and soon, Chargepoint. The app shows how many ports are currently available, along with other helpful details, like the business where the station is located, port types and charging speeds. You’ll also see information about the station from other drivers, including photos, ratings, reviews and questions.