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Best apps for electric car owners

Have you decided on getting an electric vehicle (EV) or are you just looking to get more out of your current electric car lease? Well, it will be a good idea to download some of these apps to make your life easier! 

Whether you need the best app for EV charging stations in the UK, or just want to know more information about the status of your EV on the go, we have a useful list for you.

Whether you have taken out a Mercedes EQC lease or a Nissan Leaf lease, we want to make your life easier. In this article, we have highlighted a selection of the most useful apps for electric car drivers. So, take a look and see if there is an app that you can benefit from.

What are the best apps for electric car drivers?

  1. Zap-Map/Zap-Pay
  2. PlugShare
  3. Google Maps
  4. WattsUp
  5. Manufacturer apps

Zap-Map/Zap-Pay

“With a mission to make electric vehicle (EV) charging simple, Zap-Map is the UK’s leading EV mapping service and has more than 120,000 cross-platform visitors each month.” – Zap-Map

Have you just picked up your first EV? Perhaps with an Audi e-tron lease? One of the best EV charging apps you will need as an electric car driver is one that can help you locate charging points. Wherever you are driving, knowing where you can get your next charge is important. Zap-Map is an excellent app choice in this regard, allowing drivers to not only search and plan but to also pay (via Zap-Pay) for their next charge all in a single app. 

The Zap app contains information on the quality of each charging point, allows you to filter by connector type and will even show you if the chargers are free to use. The Zap-Pay feature of the app, which allows the user to pay for charging across different networks, is especially useful and means no more fumbling for your card.

Download on Apple iOS.

Download for Android.

PlugShare

“Find EV charging stations, leave reviews, and connect with other plug-in vehicle owners. It’s the most accurate and complete public EV charging map worldwide” - PlugShare

PlugShare is a fantastic app to find EV charging stations. This app helps drivers to not only find EV charging stations they can use but also to leave reviews about the stations and connect with other plug-in vehicle owners. 

Being able to read what other drivers have said about a charging station means you can make a more informed decision about which locations to utilise on your travels. Users can also rate the stations and upload photos, contributing towards a truly comprehensive EV owners’ community. PlugShare has over 400,000 EV charging stations worldwide, including the likes of Tesla and ChargePoint.

Download for Apple iOS.

Download for Android.

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Google Maps

“All you have to do is plug in your journey details, tap the option for ‘search along route’, and then search for ‘EV charging stations’” - Carparison

Did you know that Google Maps is one of the most useful apps you can have as an electric car driver? If you don’t have a dedicated EV charger app downloaded and just enjoy the clean interface of Google’s products, you will be pleased to hear that Google Maps, while working as a route planner for long journeys on the road, can also tell you where the EV charging points are, making it easy to plan your next journey.

All you have to do is plug in your journey details, tap the option for ‘search along route’, and then search for ‘EV charging stations’. Then Google Maps will present you with all the stations along your route, with details about the type of chargers available. If you are someone who is always using Google Maps for your car journeys, this function is a convenient choice.

Download on Apple IOS.

Download on Android (Already installed by default on Android devices).

Additionally: If Google Maps isn’t your cup of tea, one of the world’s most popular traffic navigation apps, WAZE, allows you to search for EV charging stations but is currently considering a feature similar to Google Maps that would indicate the closest charging stations for EVs while also allowing drivers find these locations on the map along their chosen routes.

WattsUp

“Enjoy the ability to easily view a chosen route knowing that the charger information is comprehensive and precise.” - WattsUp

If you are looking for an app possessing all the right features to get you and your EV safely to your destination, WattsUp is a great choice. Instead of displaying any and all charging stations when you search, the app first requires you to set your criteria, therefore only showing you charging points applicable to you and your car. 

If you are fed up with wading through stations that aren’t compatible with your car and want something a little more direct, this could be the app for you. Further still, it features live status updates, voice prompts and provides an estimated time to reach your next charge point, which will certainly come in handy when navigating unfamiliar parts of the country.

Download for Apple iOS.

Download for Android.

Manufacturer apps

While third-party electric car apps can be really useful for EV owners, sometimes it really helps to go straight to the source. In this case, that means your car’s manufacturer. Many EV manufacturers like Tesla have their own apps which can be a great source of information and tools for drivers to take advantage of.

For example, those who have a Tesla lease can utilise the Tesla app and get their car’s range status, check charging progress in real-time and have the ability to start or stop charging your car from the app itself. You can even summon your car from your garage with the autopilot feature.

Download for Apple iOS.

Download for Android.

Ford also have an app for EV drivers called MyFord Mobile. This app has a host of great features such as being able to control your charging from a distance and bringing you charge station information via PlugShare.

Download for Apple iOS.

Download for Android.

From Vauxhall and BMW to Nissan and Audi, many of the world’s leading manufacturers have apps available that will prove useful to EV drivers, so make sure to download the app that pertains to your vehicle for the best experience.

Best apps for EV drivers to download

  • Zap-Map/Zap-Pay
  • PlugShare
  • Google Maps
  • WattsUp
  • Manufacturer apps

As you can see, there are some wonderful apps available for electric car drivers. Whether you want to find your nearest charging point or get the most out of your vehicle, there’s an app that can make it happen.

If you are looking for a changeup, make sure to check out our great electric car lease deals, and for more tips, guides, and advice, visit our blog.