Published on May 29th, 2022 | by Amirul Mukminin0
This Interactive Map Will Help You Plan A Road Trip With An EV
Perhaps now you can say goodbye to range anxiety for good
Despite the slow sales, the electric vehicle (EV) revolution is here in Malaysia and thanks to tax incentives, many are ready to adopt the new technology but the lack of charging stations remains a stumbling block. Due to this, owners are required to make careful planning before embarking on a long-distance trip.
To help EV owners with the planning, an Amsterdam-based location data and technology platform called HERE Technologies has developed an interactive map that allows them to compare how far they can go from any point in Malaysia and Singapore using any one of three typical electric vehicle types: Compact & Hatchback, Midsize, and Pickup & SUV.
Using the interactive map is quite easy – simply choose the type of EV you own, enter the starting point (could be anywhere in Malaysia or Singapore), and it will tell how far a single charge could get you.
This map uses the isoline capability of the HERE mapping API, which takes into account actual distance travelled on known roads, rather than a simple radius. The data is compiled from actual EPA range data for 241 car models.
According to Malaysian EV Owners Club president Datuk Shahrol Halmi, there are approximately 500 EVs in Malaysia as of March 2022. But is this enough to keep up with the demand for EV? Where are the charging stations in Singapore? And does this correlate with where most EV drivers are?
HERE has also created an interactive map to highlight the density of EV charging stations across Malaysia. This maps further shows the number of stations per 100,000 people, as well as the number of stations per square 100 km, for each district in the country.
This map leverages HERE EV Charge Points APIs, providing lists of charging stations within a specified area, including data on connector types, opening hours, and their location. HERE EV Charge Points also provide dynamic data about connector availability at charging stations for electric vehicles, including full detailed and dynamic data for specific individual stations.
Abhijit Sengupta, Senior Director and Head of Business at HERE Technologies said, “Electric vehicles are on the rise in Malaysia and location intelligence is key in encouraging further EV adoption. Through visualisation tools created using location data, we can assist urban planners with maps as to where they ought to build EV charging stations. At the same time, location data can also transform EV range anxiety to delight by helping drivers better plan their journeys and road trips.”