Latest Google Maps beta provides efficient routes for EVs and hybrids 


  • The feature first appeared on Maps beta version 11.39
  • There’s no word on when it would appear on the stable version of Maps
  • Maps can already offer efficient routes for petrol and diesel automobiles

Google Maps is one of the most used navigation apps in the world. In an update last year, the service included the ability to choose fuel-efficient routes rather than the fastest ones. The newest beta release of Maps for Android (version 11.39), has now revealed provisions to do the same for electric vehicles (EVs) or hybrids on top of automobiles that run on traditional fuel (petrol and diesel).

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With a forthcoming Google Maps update, all users should be able to choose between electric, hybrid, petrol, and diesel, before seeking route information. Choosing a particular engine type won’t be compulsory even after the feature rolls out, according to 9to5Google. However, users should be able to toggle between different engine types from the settings if they need to in the future.

Allowing users to choose their vehicle’s engine type is an extension of the several eco-friendly features rolled out by Google over the past couple of years. But since the feature has only made its way to the beta release of the app, it’s unclear how long it would take to appear on the stable version of Maps.

A recent Google Maps update introduced support for toll prices

A Google Maps update last month finally included the ability to know how much toll you may end up paying on your way to the destination. India was among the first countries to receive support for this feature, along with the U.S., Japan, and Indonesia. Users can also choose routes that have no tolls by toggling “avoid tolls” from the three-dot menu on the top right of the app.

Source: 9to5Google