Best known for developing a simple, intuitive color-coded visual language for charging EVs with “electric fuel,” Chargeway eliminates the guesswork and confusion that surrounds EV charging. “You simply open the app and choose your EV,” explains Matt Teske, founder of the Oregon-based startup. “Chargeway determines what kind of plug your EV has, but instead of engineering terms like ‘CHAdeMO’ or ‘J1772’, you get ‘Blue’ or ‘Green’, for example. The map then displays only the color-coded chargers that yourvehicle can use, so you’ll never pull up to the wrong kind of charger. Each station pin then displays a number from 1-7 for power. The higher the number, the faster your car charges. It makes navigating the complex world of EV charging easier for everyone.”
Chargeway’s app and software has been called “game changing” by Car & Driver Magazine, and the National Automobile Dealers’ Association (NADA) is working with Chargeway to help dealers around the U.S. be prepared to explain and sell more EVs.
Now that Chargeway is available in Apple CarPlay, it’s that much easier for users to enjoy the app’s great features – and the CarPlay interface gives the app a few new tricks, as well. “We’ve had a lot of requests to offer Chargeway for Apple CarPlay from drivers, dealers, as well as OEMs. There are some new elements our team worked on within the Chargeway CarPlay experience that helps users make the most of the in-car interface.”
One feature includes new visuals for the station map. Users will still see Chargeway’s unique color/number station pins they’re used to seeing on their iPhones, but in CarPlay tightly clustered pins will be combined into red bubbles showing the station count in these “high station volume” areas. Tapping on any individual station pin then provides quick access to directions, as well as more information about the station itself, such as the network, quantity of chargers, pricing, and a quick call feature to contact network support. There’s even a star ratings feature, allowing customers to leave feedback in the app for other Chargeway users to help them make the right charging choice.