Zap-Map's new CarPlay support maps EV chargers on the big screen

Taycan Carplay Layout
Taycan Carplay Layout (Image credit: Ted Kritsonis / iMore)

What you need to know

  • EV charger mapping app Zap-Map now supports CarPlay.
  • CarPlay support is behind a subscription, though.

Popular UK EV charger mapping app Zap-Map now supports Apple CarpPlay for the first time, the company has announced. But there's a catch.

According to a new blog post, Zap-Map Premium will be required if you want to see charging points on your CarPlay screen. That'll run you £3.99 per month if you pay annually.

In addition to receiving all the Plus features, Zap-Map Premium subscribers can use the app within the in-car dashboard, via Apple CarPlay (with Android Auto available soon). This means users can locate suitable charge points, view live charge point status, and access route plans whilst on the move.Premium also allows drivers to save unlimited filters, route plans and EV models. Zap-Map Premium is available at £3.99 per month for an annual plan.

Those Plus features include user ratings, the ability to filter by new charge points, multiple locations, and more. You'll even be able to add multiple vehicles to your plan as well.

With more than 500,000 plug-in cars already driving around the UK and sales increasing 55% over the previous year, Zap-Map is clearly hoping to tap into that huge potential market. If you're a UK EV driver this could be £3.99 per month well spent, especially if your fancy electric car supports CarPlay.

So that's Tesla out of the equation, then!

Anyone wanting to add CarPlay to their existing car can check out the best CarPlay-enabled receivers instead of buying a new car. Although, again, that's Tesla folk missing out. These things won't fit your minimalist dash.

Sorry about that.

Oliver Haslam

Oliver Haslam has written about Apple and the wider technology business for more than a decade with bylines on How-To Geek, PC Mag, iDownloadBlog, and many more. He has also been published in print for Macworld, including cover stories. At iMore, Oliver is involved in daily news coverage and, not being short of opinions, has been known to 'explain' those thoughts in more detail, too. Having grown up using PCs and spending far too much money on graphics card and flashy RAM, Oliver switched to the Mac with a G5 iMac and hasn't looked back. Since then he's seen the growth of the smartphone world, backed by iPhone, and new product categories come and go. Current expertise includes iOS, macOS, streaming services, and pretty much anything that has a battery or plugs into a wall. Oliver also covers mobile gaming for iMore, with Apple Arcade a particular focus. He's been gaming since the Atari 2600 days and still struggles to comprehend the fact he can play console quality titles on his pocket computer.