Introduction on electric vehicles
Calculating routes for electric vehicles is different from traditional cars. Both EVs and internal combustion engines consume energy. However, the consumption of energy for battery-powered vehicles is impacted by a greater set of variables, resulting in complex calculations based on vast sets of dynamic data. The introduction of electric mobility calls for a new approach to route optimization engines and navigation paradigms.
The range of an EV is impacted by situational variables such as topography, temperature, road conditions, and charge station availability. There are also different plug types, tariffs, and charge speeds to take into account. People often don't know where to charge, when to charge, how much it will cost, and how long the journey will take. Fast-charge stations can have long waiting times and offer little to do. This makes the 'charge and drive' experience problematic for new and potential drivers.
The Chargetrip API enables users to calculate EV-specific routes for all electric vehicle brands and models. When calculating a route, our engine takes all the different situational variables that impact battery range into account. Additionally, the API gives detailed information on the different vehicle models, stations, journey specs and more. This helps build intuitive front ends for EV drivers.