Zap-Map is now available on Google Assistant in Beta to find public EV charge points using only voice commands. The Assistant can find a suitable EV charging location – either nearby or towards a destination – and navigate to the location using Google Maps.
Available to use on any Google Assistant-enabled device, users can use voice commands to access the UK’s most comprehensive public EV charging database to locate and get status updates on suitable charge points.
● Assistant provides hands-free voice search on Zap-Map
● Ask to find a charger ‘nearby’ or towards a ‘destination’
● Select ‘get directions’ to navigate to charger location
How to use Zap-Map Assistant
To launch the app, say ‘Hey Google… Talk to Zap-Map‘. You will then be prompted whether you would like to find an EV charger nearby or towards a destination.
Use the command ‘Find a charger nearby‘ to search for EV chargers close to your location. You can search for charge points by type – rapid or non-rapid – and the Assistant will find the nearest charging locations meeting your criteria. The results suggest up to six locations ordered by distance. For each result, you can either request more information, find an alternative charger, or get directions to the selected location.
To find a charger ‘Towards a destination‘, the Assistant searches for EV charge points along a suggested route. Points can be searched for by type – rapid or non-rapid – and the Assistant finds the next charging location on your route meeting your criteria.
The results suggest up to six locations ordered by distance; locations within five miles are ignored as these are covered by ‘Nearby’ search. For each result, you can either request more information, find an alternative charger, or get directions to the selected location.
The EV charge point information provided by Zap-Map Assistant includes the charger name, power type, network operator and the number of each connector types at the location. Where available, status information for the charge points is supplied using Zap-Map’s dynamic data updates to inform users whether a charge point is available, in use, or out of service.
Should the suggested charger type or location not be suitable, you can request the Assistant to name ‘alternative chargers’ relating to your search, whether nearby or towards a destination. ‘Get directions’ to the selected charge point can also be requested, at which point the Assistant completes a handover to Google Maps, with a route set-up ready for navigation.
Visit the Google Assistant portal for more information about the Zap-Map Assistant and to explore other actions available within the Assistant platform.