Apple maps will offer more precise and sophisticated road tools for electric vehicles in 2020, according to Apple. Ford has released a new support page describing how Mach-E drivers can use the functionality, which appears to have been quietly debated as part of iOS 15.4 this week for Ford customers. Apple maps have an EV route for Mach-E drivers. CarPlay, Apple’s car infotainment system, was used to enable this functionality, which is supported by Mach-E and many other cars on the market today. The EV trail in Apple Maps could be triggered by Apple Maps in the CarPlay interface, according to Ford.
Ford explained that you just need to connect your iPhone to your Mach-E and activate CarPlay as normal, then set the end of the trip using Apple Maps. Your Mach-E should prompt you to set up an EV route using the Apple Maps application on your iPhone running iOS 15.4.
Once you have activated the EV route in Apple Maps on your iPhone, the feature works simultaneously for all routes using Apple Maps via CarPlay efficiently. When creating new maps, it will show the intended battery charge of the vehicle at the end of the trip. If you need to pause and charge in that way, Apple maps will also be included in the stops (s). Currently, this feature is only available for the Mustang Mach-E, but Ford says it has plans to support the feature with F-150 Lightning and efficient E-Transit cars. More details on compatibility from Ford.
Ford speculates that the 2021 Mustang Mach-Es with different software versions will get this feature later in 2022. The company also indicates that the battery level in Apple Maps will be updated only when the iPhone is connected to the Mach-E via CarPlay: Ford worked with Apple to develop communications between vehicles and Apple devices. However, the battery level will only be updated when the Apple device is connected to the Mustang Mach-E via CarPlay. You can learn more about this new feature on the Ford website now. As it stands today, Ford and select BMW cars are only made to support Apple Maps EV routing. Because the feature needs CarPlay, we did not expect it to come to Teslas.