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EVgo, Amazon launch Alexa-supported EV charging
- September 18, 2023
- William Payne
Fast EV charging network EVgo and Amazon have launched Alexa-enabled EV charging support. Drivers with Alexa-enabled vehicles as well as automotive accessories like Echo Auto can now ask Alexa to help them find and navigate to nearby EV charging stations.
The launch of the new service follows EVgo’s announcement of support for Amazon voice-initiated EV driver support in January 2023.
Building on PlugShare, an EV community that is part of the EVgo family, Alexa support allows drivers to access PlugShare’s public EV charging repository to locate nearby stations. With the PlugShare API, the integration creates a charging experience for Alexa-enabled EVs, including the Nissan ARIYA, Ford Mustang Mach-E and F-150 Lightning.
Through a voice request such as, ‘Alexa, find EV charging stations near me’, customers can locate the nearest charging station. Alexa provides a list of nearby public charging stations, with real time availability by plug type and charging speed, as well as the time and distance to arrival.
“The customer experience begins well before a driver arrives at a station. Enabling voice-initiated, hands-free navigation to charging stations enhances the customer experience, providing peace of mind for EV drivers on the go,” said Ivo Steklac, Chief Technology Officer at EVgo. “As Amazon’s first charging network for Alexa, we’re thrilled to provide simplified charging experiences for customers with Alexa. It is yet another example of EVgo’s leadership in the development of customer-centric charging technologies.”
“Alexa is a natural way for people to interact with their vehicles, helping them do an array of tasks while they are on the go,” said Anes Hodžić, Vice President of Amazon Smart Vehicles. “This collaboration with EVgo to make the process of finding an EV charging station through Alexa is the latest example of how voice and multi-modal experiences can make life more convenient and we’re excited for customers to be able to try this for themselves.”