Zap-Map has released a new smart Route Planner on its Android app, to help EV drivers plan longer electric journeys.
Zap-Map’s Route Planner bases all of its calculations on estimates of real range and energy efficiency for particular EV models which are selected by users from all available UK models. Users are able to over-ride real range values depending on their own driving experience.
Building on the current Zap-Map app with UK-wide charge point data, EV drivers can now plan their routes using the ‘quick plan’, or create a more personalised route. The ‘quick plan’ uses the system defaults and will suggest up to three suitable rapid chargers within one mile of their route which are closest to their estimated ‘drive range’ for each journey leg.
Alternatively, EV drivers can create a more customised route by adjusting charger search criteria, percentage battery charge assumptions and route filters. Inexperienced EV drivers may wish to have a higher charge buffer when on a longer journey, whilst more seasoned drivers may be comfortable with a low battery charge on arrival. Equally, EV drivers not wanting to see ‘suggested chargers’ can instead view all available chargers (with filters applied) on a particular route.
Once a route and/or journey leg is selected, adjustments are made for average driving speed, and any changes in elevation. Using real-world data, the predicted driving range is reduced for routes with average speed over 50 mph or with significant inclines.
Route Plans can be saved to the user’s account and, when retrieved, the route is updated for current conditions. The latest location status is shown and EV drivers are able to edit the charge stops selected as necessary. During the journey, users are able to view their progress on the Route Plan in real time and link to Google maps for detailed turn-by-turn directions if required.
Ben Lane, CTO, stated: “The new Route Planner is one of a number of tools developed by Zap-Map to support EV charging in the real-world. With its smart route selection wizard and EV drive range algorithm, the Route Planner has been designed to be easy to use and also to reflect real-world driving conditions. We are already planning v2 which will include additional range factors and notifications to alert drivers en- route in the event of road closures or planned charge stops going offline.”