Apple is expanding the capabilities of its Maps app in Europe to help users charge their electric vehicles or find bike rental hubs.
The company has added the locations of the UK’s electric vehicle charging stations by using data from Munich-based Cirractic’s Moovility service, which lists vehicle recharge points for cars made by most major car providers.
Apple first integrated transport data for the U.K. in December, which included route information for mainline trains & buses routes across the nation, as well as London Underground services.
According to data compiled by Zap-Map, there are just under 4,400 locations in Britain for recharging an electric vehicle. More than 3,000 of these will now be marked in Apple Maps. To identify these, Apple is using live data and pinpointing EV charge points across the map. Google already lists charge points globally but doesn’t explicitly label them with easily identifiable icons.
“We think that consistent, live information of the growing charger infrastructure increases the confidence of EV drivers and, especially with Apple Maps, attracts new user groups to sustainable mobility offerings like EV cars,” said Arne Meusel, CEO and co-founder of Cirrantic. “In the U.K. we started with supporting the major charger operators, including Podpoint, CYC, Ecotricity, NPower and NewMotion. Any interested operator is welcome to set up a connection with us.”
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