A charging station locater app is a must-have for any EV driver. One of the most popular is the one offered by the ChargePoint network, which includes not only stations that are members of its own network, but over 33,000 charging spots from all major charging networks.
The company has released a new version of its popular app, improving the user interface and adding several new features. The Android version is available now, and the iPhone version is scheduled for release at the end of August.
The ChargePoint app provides real-time data, letting you know which stations are available, and which are in use. It offers turn-by-turn directions using the navigation app of your choice, including Waze, Google Maps and Apple Maps. It also lets you post and view tips from other charging station users.
Once your car is hooked up, the app gives you real-time updates, so you know when it’s time to finish up that cup of tea and get back on the road. The app can send a text message or email when charging is completed.
Perhaps the handiest new feature: you no longer need to use your ChargePoint card. The app now lets you start a charging session using only your phone (if you’re a Model S driver, that’s two gadgets that you no longer need to carry around, as you can now start your car with a smartphone).