Apple gives Porsche Taycan drivers more options to plan trips around charging stations for electric vehicles. According to the Porsche Website, Taycan model owners in the US now have the option of using Apple Maps EV routing. This feature is part of Apple CarPlay and allows drivers the ability to plan routes around charging stations, while adjusting directions according the remaining battery power.
Apple Maps EV routing gives directions based upon real-time traffic data, while also monitoring the vehicle’s charging levels and identifying suitable charging stations along a route. The service will alert drivers when the Taycan battery is too low and direct them to the nearest charging station compatible with the vehicle. It also provides estimated charging times.
Apple Maps’ EV route feature is now available on the Taycon, joining the Ford Mustang Mach-E.
Apple Maps EV routing is now available on the Porsche Taycan, the second car since it was first announced for 2020. Apple announced at the time that it was working closely with Ford and BMW on integrating EV routing in their vehicles. It’s been three years since the feature was introduced, but it hasn’t yet made its way to any BMW models. The Ford Mustang mach-E is the only vehicle that supports the feature.
Before this update, Taycan users had to disable CarPlay in order to create a route with charging stops using Apple Maps. Taycans already come with Porsche’s Charging Planner, which directs drivers to charging stations based on their vehicle’s expected battery life. Apple Maps’ EV routing is not intended to replace the Porsche Charging Planner, but rather to give customers more options for route planning.
In a press release, Steffen Haug – managing director of Porsche Digital – said that “We listened to our customer, and they appreciated flexibility.” This integration with a product they already know gives them more options and confidence when using their Taycan in daily activities as well as on longer roadtrips.
Apple Maps EV routing can be used on all Taycans, but Porsche warns that older models (from 2021) will require a free update to be installed in a Porsche workshop. Taycan owners can connect their iPhones running iOS 16.4 or higher to the My Porsche App and Apple Maps.