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. This announcement follows the company’s previous news of supporting Amazon’s voice-initiated EV driver experience during CES 2023, building on EVgo’s commitment to delivering a best-in-class customer experience.
Leveraging PlugShare, a leading EV community and a part of the EVgo family, the hassle-free experience allows drivers to access PlugShare’s comprehensive public EV charging repository to locate nearby stations. With the PlugShare API, the integration creates a seamless charging experience for Alexa-enabled EVs, including the Nissan Ariya, Ford Mustang Mach-E and F-150 Lightning. Through a simple voice request such as, ‘Alexa, find EV charging stations near me’, customers can easily locate and drive to the nearest charging station, whether on a weekend road trip or during routine errands in the neighbourhood. 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, eliminating the need to manually stop and search for available stations.
In addition to partnering on innovative technology solutions, EVgo recently collaborated with Audible, an Amazon.com subsidiary, to offer a joint promotion for a two-month free trial of Audible Premium Plus for EVgo customers and PlugShare users. By leveraging both collaborations, drivers can take advantage of the best-available audio storytelling entertainment after navigating to a charging station with help from Alexa.