Apple has slowly been adding more electric charging station listings to Apple Maps since the release of iOS 10, and today the world’s largest EV charging network, ChargePoint, officially confirmed integration.
The official integration not only means that ChargePoint’s network of charging stations will now be visible as EV Charger badges within Apple Maps, allowing users to tap through to get more info on the station, but it also means that users can initiate charging and complete payment from a link to the ChargePoint app in Apple Maps (Apple Pay included).
Right from their iPhone they can start charging, pay, and see other station details. Once they’re done charging they can navigate to their next destination. The presence of charging station badges on maps reinforces that EVs are going mainstream, with chargers popping up everywhere to make driving electric easy.
The newly added ChargePoint listings on Apple Maps will also include information on directions, hours of operation, and pricing if available.
Here’s a look at the ChargePoint listings in Apple Maps:
We noted back in July that Apple Maps had started quietly adding enhanced parking space info and electric charging listings via data provider Parkopedia. In recent weeks and months, users have noticed electric charging stations listed from other providers, including ChargePoint, but today is the first official confirmation from the company that it’s indeed providing its data to Apple. It’s also the first we’ve seen of an EV charger network offering the ability to initiate charging and complete payment from a link directly within Apple Maps.
ChargePoint claims to be the world’s largest EV charging network with over 31,200 charging spots and it maintains a real-time availability map on its website here.