Electrify America has announced that its mobile app will now be supported via Apple Car Play and Android Auto starting next week. This means you’ll be able to access the app on your infotainment system when you pair your phone wirelessly or by plugging it in. Once you do so, you can quickly get access to information on Electrify America’s network of 650 charging stations and 2,700 individual charging stations across the U.S.
The Electrify America app has also been redesigned so that it integrates smoothly with your vehicle’s infotainment system. This was done on top of the recent update made to ensure that the charging experience is easier than before. “Electrify America is constantly striving to meet customers where they are and make the transition to EV driving as seamless as possible,” said Brenna Corrigan, manager of brand and digital marketing for Electrify America. “With this expanded functionality, we are integrating essential charging station navigation information right into customers’ vehicles, helping them feel confident on the road.”
This enhancement is the latest addition to Electrify America’s initiatives to streamline the ownership experience for battery-electric vehicle owners and promote EV adoption. Some of the key features of the Electrify America app on Apple Car Play and Android Auto include:
Locate a Charger: This allows drivers to easily navigate to the nearest charging station. Drivers will be able to plan everything from short drives to long road trips and how many chargers are nearby. It will also tell you which chargers are occupied, what types of chargers are there, and how many are in that location.
Remote Start and Stop: Drivers will be able to start and stop a charging station via their car’s infotainment system.
View Plan Details: You’ll be able to access your charging plans including pricing and any free charging that’s included with the vehicle you own. Currently, Volvo, Mercedes-Benz, Audi, Volkswagen, and Hyundai have announced complimentary charging at Electrify America stations for their battery-electric models.
Electrify America will continue to expand its network of charging stations. Its new Boost Plan aims to double the existing infrastructure in the United States and Canada. By 2025, Electrify America will have 1,800 charging stations and a total of 10,000 individual chargers. To help push the adoption of EVs, the new stations will feature 150 kW and 350 kW chargers.
However, most of those new chargers will likely be CCS combo standard ones. Electrify America has hinted that it plans to start phasing out the CHAdeMO plug due to declining use even among Tesla drivers charging with adapters. With many automakers moving away from CHAdeMO in North America and Europe, Electrify America is noting that CCS is emerging as the new standard alongside Tesla’s proprietary plug in the U.S.
Recently, Electrify America has expanded its charging infrastructure in California with the addition of a station near Yosemite National Park. Long Beach and the Los Angeles suburb of Wilmington became the newest additions to Electrify America’s Green City project, which is a $25 million investment in supporting the EV infrastructure and help electrify public transit. Electrify America’s first Green City project will invest $200 million from Jan. 2022 to June 2024. This is part of a larger $800 million commitment to California across a 10-year time frame to improve air quality, expand infrastructure for EVs, and encourage EV adoption.