GPS navigation app Sygic has doubled the number of charging points discoverable via its app to almost 300,000 in the last eight months.
Mode for Electric Vehicles (EV mode) has been a part of the Sygic GPS Navigation since May 2020, when Sygic launched the mode worldwide, with integrated payment in 38 countries and 150,000 charging points. More than 100,000 unique users have activated the mode since then. The most active users come from Germany, the Netherlands and Spain.
EV mode is free for any Sygic GPS Navigation user. It is activated by switching on a slide-toggle in the app. Drivers can choose their car model from the extensive database of electric and plug-in hybrid cars with predefined battery, average consumption, and connector type. Users can also adjust all the parameters based on their real-life experience. After adding the compatible charging point to the navigation route and checking its real-time availability, the driver only has to select the payment method, charge their car, and pay for the service.
Sygic entered into several new partnerships with charging neetwork providers during 2020. The new partners cover charging stations in Central Europe, Eastern Europe, and the Balkan countries. Partners include Plugsurfing, Greenway, Polyfazer, eJoin and Unicorn.
"These new partnerships are essential for coverage in local markets in Central and Eastern Europe,” said Sygic's Vice President for Electromobility, Petr Füzék. “Together, we offer unique, hassle-free solutions for electric vehicle drivers. We are supporting the mass adoption of electric and hybrid vehicles. In addition, we plan to co-operate on a deeper integration for easier usage of all services. We want to give our users the freedom to choose their preferred provider,"
Currently more than 200,000 of the almost 300,000 charging points in the app offer a payment option, either directly in-app or via RFID in Sygic's EV mode. This year, Sygic said it plans to continue growing the number of charging points available in the app, and to add more dedicated features for electric vehicles to create an all-in-one driving assistant, taking into account the specifications of the electric car, range, traffic, and other factors.