Waze has released an update that will now allow EV drivers to add charging stations as destinations, just as the app has done with gas stations for years.
Users can search for charging stations or tap icons on the map, and they can also add charging stops long the way.
It’s not clear what took Waze so long. Google, of which Waze is a subsidiary, has let its Maps users search for charging stations since 2018. Starting in last 2019, it has also allowed users to filter stations based on plug type, letting non-Leaf drivers eliminate CHAdeMO chargers. Regardless, the addition is a welcome one if you frequently find yourself turning to Waze to avoid traffic congestion.
As for what inspired Waze, it appears that Volkswagen ponied up some cash to get the chargers added while also allowing ID.4 owners to change their in-app icon to reflect their taste in vehicles.