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

What you need to know

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

But you'll have to pay to unlock it.

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.

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