Apple CarPlay gets a handy upgrade for Ford Mustang Mach-E drivers

With the iOS 15.4 update, Apple Maps can provide EV routes to estimate battery level and charging stops, available in CarPlay mode for certain vehicles

Apple CarPlay EV Route Planning
(Image credit: Apple / Ford)

The latest Apple iPhone update is providing a handy update for EV drivers. With iOS 15.4, Apple Maps in CarPlay mode is able to estimate the remaining battery charge on EV journeys as well as adding in the necessary charging stops for longer trips. 

According to this Ford support document, once an iPhone is connected and CarPlay is enabled you access Apple Maps as normal. A pop-up will ask you if you want to get EV routes. You then need to add your vehicle to the Apple Maps app to provide the data connection. You can also choose to share the data with Apple if you wish. 

Now when you plan a route, it will display the estimated battery charge on arrival next to the time of arrival. If you don't have enough charge in your EV's battery to reach the destination, the app will add charging stops along the route. It's not clear as yet if you set preferences for a minimum level of charge on arrival as you can in other EV route planning apps.

Apple CarPlay EV Route Planning

(Image credit: Apple / Ford)

The functionality only works on newer Ford Mustang Mach-E models and the upcoming Ford F-150 Lightning at this time. However, I expect it will roll out to other manufacturers that offer CarPlay compatibility once their systems allow it. CarPlay needs access to vehicle data to estimate the charge levels, which is likely to require a vehicle OS update.

The lack of EV routing in Apple Maps is one thing that has held it back for EV drivers. While the native mapping in most EVs isn't as good as Google or Apple Maps, the ability to estimate charge and add charging stops makes them more useful. I hope we see more EV features in iOS 16, even providing battery planning from the phone for those looking to plan their trip in advance.

Apple CarPlay EV Route Planning

(Image credit: Apple / Ford)

As T3's Managing Editor in the US, Mat has his finger on the pulse for the latest advances in technology. Originally from the UK, he has written about technology since 2003 and after stints in Beijing and Hong Kong, is now based in Chicago. He’s a true lover of gadgets, but especially anything that involves cameras, electric cars, musical instruments or travel.