What you need to know
- Electrify America is bringing CarPlay support to its iPhone app.
- Drivers will be able to find charging spots more easily thanks to the app update.
Electric vehicle charging outfit Electrify America is bringing an updated app to iPhones that will also enable CarPlay support for the first time.
According to a press release spied by 9to5Mac, the app is rolling out now — although it doesn't appear to be in the App Store just yet. You can keep tabs on the Electrify America app in the App Store right now.
The press release says that the update will arrive "this week," so it doesn't have long to get the CarPlay update into the App Store.
Once that update does arrive, drivers will be able to find chargers, intiiate charging, and more all from their infotainment screen.
Highlighted features include:
- Locate a Charger: Drivers can easily navigate to charging stations while on the go. Electrify America's nationwide network allows users to plan out everything from a grocery store run to a cross-country trip – showing how many charging stations are nearby, how many of each type of chargers are at the station and which chargers are currently available.
- Remote Start and Stop: Drivers can initiate or end a charge session through the vehicle infotainment screen.
- View Plan Details: Access details of charging plans, including pricing and any free charging which may be included with the purchase of your vehicle.
Don't have a car with CarPlay? No problem — just check out our collection of the best CarPlay audio receivers and you'll be off to the races. Despite CarPlay being added to more and more new cars, buying a brand new vehicle just to get Apple's in-car entertainment system seems a little but too much!
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