ChargePoint EV Charging Network Adds Support for Android Auto
ChargePoint, Leading Electric Vehicle (EV) Infrastructure Company, Adds Android Auto Support to Its app. Starting today, Android smartphone users can find and access a nearby ChargePoint charging station directly from their car’s infotainment screen. They don’t need to pick up their phones to launch the ChargePoint app while driving.
ChargePoint indicates that your car’s dashboard screen will display a map with all of its nearby charging stations. You can select the station list for more detailed information, find directions to a station, and start a charging session once you arrive, all from the car’s infotainment screen.
The app also allows you to filter stations based on charging speed, availability and cost. You can also check the status of the station and its compatibility with the make and model of your EV. In addition, if a station is busy, a Notify Me button will notify you when the station is available again.
Of course, for all of this to work, you need to have the ChargePoint app installed on a connected Android smartphone running Android 6.0 or higher. Your vehicle must also be compatible with Android Auto.
ChargePoint is one of the largest networks of independent charging stations for electric vehicles. Founded in 2007, the company currently operates more than 114,000 charging stations in Europe and North America. ChargePoint Android Auto support is available for users in Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, and United States.
“We know the shift to electric mobility is about the driver experience, and ChargePoint’s Android Auto app is another critical step in the evolution already underway, driven by software and increased connectivity,” mentionned Bill Loewenthal, senior vice president of products at ChargePoint. “By integrating critical load data directly into the vehicle’s infotainment system, drivers are even more empowered and informed.”
ChargePoint arrives in Android Auto, as promised
Back in August 2020, Google ad that it’s working with developers to extend third-party app support on Android Auto beyond multimedia and messaging apps, including navigation, charging, and parking. ChargePoint was one of the names mentioned by the company in that announcement.
Android Auto finally added support for these categories in October, allowing developers to start building. Earlier this month, Google pulled that support out of the beta phase. And now, ChargePoint is officially available on Android Auto.
In November of last year, ChargePoint also updated its iOS app with support for CarPlay. This update brought the same EV charging functionality inside the vehicle to iPhone users. A few months later, Android users can now enjoy the same benefits.