Apple Quietly Adds EV Routing To Apple Maps Via CarPlay For Ford Mach-E Drivers
It’s been almost two years since Apple talked about electric vehicle routing features at WWDC 2020 but it appears that the feature is finally starting to materialize. With iOS 15.4, Ford Mach-E drivers can take advantage of EV routing through Apple Maps via CarPlay.
Apple’s CarPlay infotainment system is currently available on a plethora of car models across the globe and is supported by some of the world’s largest vehicle manufacturers.
For Ford Mach-E owners, the system has just become a little more advanced by providing those drivers with dedicated electric vehicle routing information that is activated exclusively through the CarPlay interface.
For Ford Mach-E owners, accessing the newest features is as simple as being updated to iOS 15.4 and then using Apple CarPlay as normal.
Once a destination has been set through the vehicle using Apple Maps, the feature should be automatically involved and on-screen prompts should take the driver through the setup process. Once it’s set up once, it’s then active for all future routes that are set through the Apple Maps CarPlay experience.
In addition to giving all of the usual routing information, the new EV routing experience ties in with the Mach-E system to give the estimated battery charge that will be left at the end of the chosen route. If it determines that there isn’t enough battery left in the vehicle to make the journey, it will automatically add charging locations as stops along the route of the journey.
It seems that the feature is rolling out periodically. Currently, it’s only available on Ford’s Mustang Mach-E but the company says that it does have plans to extend support. The new EV routing functionality will likely come to the F-150 Lightning and E-Transit cars in the short-medium future.