The smartphone as a constant companion in all situations is now part of everyday life. Using the smartphone as a navigation device or aid in the car, however, was for drivers of electric cars
Certainly not a big issue so far, as you can use your built-in navigation system to display available charging stations on a map. But some built-in navigation devices
do not offer the desired information with regard to the charging infrastructure.
In the meantime, however, there is a good reason for drivers of electric vehicles or plug-in hybrids to use the smartphone for this purpose as well. To get around town or when driving an electric car
To get all possible charging options displayed, no more needs to be done than to install a simple app on the mobile device. But there is a large selection of providers here - and not all apps for charging infrastructure are equally good.
Important functions for charging station apps
We have examined and presented the five best charging infrastructure apps from our point of view. The most important functions
Probably the most important and also the most fundamental function
a charging infrastructure app is the map display
of the charging stations. It is important to use the GPS function
switch on so that the charging stations in the vicinity are displayed
If the charging stations are shown on the map, so it is
also interesting to know if there are basic details
Is the gas station full?
What connections are there at the petrol station?
How many charging options does it have?
Many apps offer a lot of information here:
This is how the various connections are listed
as well as the specified loading time and further details about
the opening times and providers of the charging stations.
The representation here usually ranges from the map display,
usually a route planning to the desired charging station
can be selected, up to the list view in which
the most important information of the individual stations summarized
Only a few apps also offer the billing function
via app. This function is of course for the user
very beneficial, as the amount fueled is either over
a previously set up customer account or the
Cell phone bill is added. That's not just
a significant time saver, it makes it a lot easier
Dealing with the charging stations.
Android or iOS?
The operating system plays a role in choosing the right loading
App naturally plays a decisive role:
Most apps are now available for both Android and
also available for the iOS operating system; only a few, however
are specially designed for Windows or Firefox OS.
In the overview you will therefore find at least one app that
is suitable for any operating system.
Whether you prefer the built-in charging station card of your
Use electric cars or install an app, you should
keep in mind:
Keep your hands on the steering wheel while driving!
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