EV charging service developed to combat range anxiety
TomTom announced a new service for drivers of electric vehicles (EVs). Called the TomTom EV Service, the system was developed to help EV drivers make informed decisions about when and where to charge their vehicles, reducing range anxiety.
The service provides real-time availability for charging points, as well as other essential information such as opening hours, payment methods, and plug types. The real-time availability information is sourced from market leaders in EV charging locations, and then fused with the TomTom Map. Because EV charge point availability changes throughout a journey, the information is updated continuously, according to company officials.
Antoine Saucier, Managing Director, TomTom Automotive, said, “One of the major barriers to driver adoption of electric vehicles is range anxiety, so with the launch of the TomTom EV Service, we’re taking driver peace of mind to the next level, and encouraging sustainable mobility.”
The TomTom EV service will initially launch in Europe, with a geo-expansion planned to North America early in 2018. After this expansion, TomTom officials say its EV Service will list 35,000+ charging stations with real-time availability information, globally.