Add Electric Charging station location info.
As as EV driver, it would be nice if electric charging station locations was built into the app so I don't have to go to yet another app just for this info. The data is widely available from here
One problem is there is not one site that has all the info, so I'm forced to check all three. Having all this data within Waze would allow me to stay inside the app without having to leave it.
Ricardo Silva commented
Very Good suggestions below, but I would like to remark that not all sources provided (plugshare, chargemap, electromaps, etc...) are global, and will not suit for a global solution.
Please find some more suggestions:
- Have different symbols to identify slow / fast chargers, private or publc;
- Have the possibility to introduce comments (to report chargers not avalilable) and photos about charging stations;
- Have online conenction with charger (when possible)
- Check-in features to allow others to know that charger is in use (for "offline" chargers)
- Allow users to add charging points manually.
Dragos Stefanescu commented
Electric or Plug-in Hybrid vehicles are a niche that used to be very small but is now growing. Most Waze users still drive a combustion propelled vehicle. Adding EV services to Waze would be of great importance to accelerating the transition to sustainable transport. As a minimum I would like to see charging stations filtered by type on Waze. Level 3 : CCS 1 and 2, Chademo and level 2 : j1772 and Mennekes.
In the near future we will still have less charging stations than are needed so it would also be of great use to know which charging stations are in use and which ones are unavailable.
As a third tier of services I believe making reservations for a particular charging station would bring peace of mind and would reduce range anxiety.
Imagine planning a 700km trip for an BMW i3. I for one would like to make a reservation for a particular Level 3 or DCFC charging station along the route so I can find it waiting for me so I can charge my car without wasting time because it's already being used or unavailable.
On another plane, Waze could really profit from this feature. Right now EVs make up a small portion of total traffic but imagine the number of EVs would grow 100x. You would get an overloading of the energy grid because let's be honest a 20kw consumer (not a big charging power) is not that usual and unbalance the energy grid if such consumers would all charge at the same time. Waze could be a tool to mitigate that effect in the sense that you could plan charging so that users don't all charge their cars at the same time.
It would also be great if Waze integrated with OpenCharge : http://www.openchargealliance.org
It would be great to have the charger locations shown on the user's route, but it would *really* be great if there could be some extra abilities, like to find the nearest level 2 or 3 station that is currently not being used (I guess networked with the chargers or at least PlugShare's check-in log).
As an avid Waze driver and electric car owner I wholeheartedly endorse this suggestion. It would be fantastic if they could use data from PlugShare to show which chargers are in use too.
This would definitely make a great option.
Very important for EV drivers
Please. It would make driving SO much easier
In Denmark the charge providers have made a mutual site with charging locations:
EV charge Pods would really help
This would be super awesome! Not to mention it would help us be safer drivers.
Nick Goldring commented
Too true, this would be great
And the first accommodation booking site to include a search filter for EV charging hotels & B&B's will quickly grab the market share and take the lead now that the EV revolution is starting to take hold
Our future is electric!
Ricardo Silva commented
This is a very important information for VE users (that are growing every day).
The charger source can be a very dificult point to manage, because there a lot oh diferent sources by region/countries.
The best option would be to leave a collaborative possibility to add charging point and respective status of availability.
Brian Lawrence commented
Quote from August 14th 2013 "One problem is there is not one site that has all the info, so I'm forced to check all three. Having all this data within Waze would allow me to stay inside the app without having to leave it."
This is still true
Marton Kodok commented
For those who have access to centercode the linked suggestion is: SUG-0378
Rick leite commented
Agreed!! Waze is the best driving map assistance out there and it would be greatly appreciated if:
1- Charging stations would be listed as an option
2- Tesla and Waze got married... Just imagine Waze running in the Tesla screen... Please!!!
Great idea, we really need this. Visible and accurate charge points shown on the map, of course with option t toggle them off so as not to annoy the fossil burners.
Please ad tesla super chargers
Places already include this, you can search for "charging station" and they will appear in search.
The results are dependent on the community to map them. If they aren't mapped in the editor they will not appear in the app.
Yes please we need this feature!
Per Oddvar Skåre commented
It's now over 100 000 EV's in Norway! We need EV chargingstations in Waze! :)