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Getting out gets a little easier for the electric car
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Tracking down electric vehicle charging stations just got easier: Google Maps has made public charging stations searchable through its mobile app. - photo by Scott Rogers

Taking the ol’ electric car out for a spin is about to get a lot less nerve wracking: Google has added charging point locations to its mobile app.

By searching for generic terms, including simply plugging in “ev charging near me” or a similar phrase, Google’s Apple and Android apps will turn up any public charging points in the immediate area.

In Hall County, four charging stations are marked.

Near downtown Gainesville, a point is listed at the Hampton Inn on Jesse Jewell Parkway. Hampton Inn confirmed they have two pay-per-use charging stations at the hotel.

Off of Browns Bridge Road, a point is marked at Century Equipment, a welding and battery charger manufacturer, on Murphy Boulevard. Century could not be reached on Wednesday to confirm that it had a charger.

At the University of North Georgia’s Gainesville campus, SemaConnect maintains a charging station.

Finally, there’s a charging point listed at the Atlanta Falcons training camp in Flowery Branch on Falcons Parkway.

“To help you make a quick decision about which station to use, we’ll show you information about the business where the station is located, the types of ports available, charging speeds, and how many ports there are,” wrote Andrew Foster, manager of Google Maps, in a blog post for the company. “You’ll also see information about the station from drivers, including photos, ratings, reviews and questions.”

In the United States, the chargers included in Google Maps include Tesla, Chargepoint, SemaConnect, EVgo and Blink.

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