There is another good reason to connect your Android phone to the car, assuming it’s electric, with ChargePoint bringing its charger location app to Google’s infotainment interface. The new integration makes ChargePoint’s EV charger database more easily accessible on the dashboard, something that could be a welcome sight if your car’s energy meter was unexpectedly low.
Many EVs offer charger search as part of their native infotainment system, including the ability to automatically add charging locations along a planned route. However, not every electric vehicle – especially the cheapest models – supports this system, or even the ability to see status updates live from the chargers themselves.
That’s where the ChargePoint app stands out. Not only does it show a map with nearby stations, with the ability to filter by loading speed and cost, but it also knows if they are available, busy or out of service. You can filter by which chargers have open bays, and a “Notify me” feature will send you a notification when a charger in use becomes available again.
Dealing with reach anxiety remains one of the biggest challenges that EV manufacturers face, although the ways they have tried to do so have varied. Tesla, of course, went all the way and built its own Supercharger network of charging points, so far exclusively for the use of its own EVs. Other automakers, however, have explored existing networks of third-party shippers.
FordPass Charging Network, for example, and GM’s Ultium Charge 360 announced yesterday, both rely on other charger suppliers. However, the argument is that actually finding and using these various chargers is simpler, as they are grouped together in a single application or navigation interface. They also increasingly support things like starting a billing session through this interface, instead of having to have a different account with each provider.
We’ve already seen ChargePoint launch its Android Automotive OS application, the embedded version of the Google platform that some automakers are using to power their vehicle dashboards. This arrived first at Polestar 2 EV. However, this version for Android Auto – which will run on any Android 6.0+ device, including in a standalone mode for vehicles that do not have native support for Android Auto – will bring the functionality to a much wider audience.
Tell the ChargePoint app what you’re driving and it will also be able to filter stations for compatibility with your specific EV. It also supports starting a loading session directly. It is available on the Google Play Store as a free download.