Google Maps Will Show People More Energy-Efficient Routes For EVs, Hybrids, Etc

Google Maps is working on a new update that will show people more energy-efficient routes, giving drivers of electric vehicles and hybrids the chance to choose a route that more suits thrifty driving.

Currently, Google Maps allows people to plot a route based on the shortest or fastest drive, but sometimes that goes against what some people want — a way to get somewhere while using as little battery as possible.

That could mean going around a large hill, for example. Now, a new report from 9to5Mac notes that Google’s latest Maps beta on Android has begun to add such functionality. The same option will also be beneficial to those driving combustion engine-powered vehicles, too.

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This info helps Maps find the route that will save you the most fuel or energy.

Drivers will be able to choose their own engine type and have the Google Maps app tailor the journey to suit.

There’s no telling when this new version of the Google Maps app will be made available outside of the beta pool, while there is also no information on an iOS release just yet, either. We can hope that with EVs becoming more common and traditional fossil fuels costing more than ever, that this update won’t be far off.

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