ChargePoint, one of the world’s largest EV charging networks, is taking another step towards making the transition to electric mobility more seamless for drivers, now working with Apple CarPlay.
This new integration brings essential EV charging data inside the vehicle, allowing drivers to easily access charging information directly from their vehicle’s infotainment system. Beginning today, drivers will be able to find nearby chargers and check station status, start a session, navigate to a station and more, without the need to pick up their iPhone while traveling.
The announcement comes on the heels of the addition of several new features available to Apple users including Dark Mode, Apple Watch compatibility, and a new ChargePoint widget in Today View for iPhone where drivers can find nearby stations or check real-time charging status.
“The shift to electric mobility is transforming the driver experience, and ChargePoint’s integration with CarPlay is another pivotal step in the evolution already underway, driven by software and increased connectivity,” said Bill Loewenthal, Senior Vice President, Product, ChargePoint. “By integrating essential charging data directly onto the vehicle’s infotainment system, drivers are even more empowered and informed than before. With the ability to connect their phone directly with the vehicle through CarPlay, drivers now have access to information from the ChargePoint mobile app on the vehicle display. The increased connectivity and how seamlessly the app and car work together represent the next step in how drivers and passengers will engage with mobility in the future, driven by the global shift to electric.”
ChargePoint compatibility with CarPlay offers a level of connectivity not previously available. By simply connecting a device updated to iOS 14 or above to a CarPlay-equipped vehicle, drivers will be able to easily begin accessing charging information from the in-vehicle display. With the ChargePoint app in the CarPlay experience, drivers will have access to information available in the ChargePoint app, but now integrated with the in-dash infotainment system. With CarPlay, drivers will be able to see a map with nearby stations, check station status, select the station list for more information, and start a charging session. In addition, drivers will be able to filter stations based on speed of the charger, cost, availability and plug type, find recent stations, access favorite charging spots and join waitlist all directly from the vehicle.
This integration with Apple CarPlay underscores ChargePoint’s decade-plus commitment to enhancing the experience for drivers and businesses to help enable the future of electric mobility.[source: ChargePoint]