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Amazon Alexa will help electric vehicle drivers find a charging station

Amazon said on Thursday that its Alexa smart assistant will enable electric cars to find a charge while on the road.

And during the Electronics Show, its participation announced a new collaboration with (EVGo).

The company explained that Alec will draw on data from EVGo’s PlugShare community, to help guide electric cars to charging stations.

The fee appears to have to be paid at an EVGo station. And you would expect it to be near the immediate area.

“The charging experience for electric vehicles is more fragmented than for fuel vehicle(s), sales are — pretty much — stopping anywhere,” said Enes Hodic, vice president, Smart Vehicles Group at Amazon.

While Tesla electric vehicle owners can rely on the company’s proprietary Supercharger network, non-Tesla electric vehicle drivers face a mix of competing charging networks, poorly maintained chargers, and apps that provide incomplete — and sometimes outdated — information.

Unlike a traditional stop to refuel, EV drivers must consider charging speed, plug type and payment options. In addition, drivers struggle with using several apps to find charging stations.

“We want Alexa to be useful to customers in their daily lives, and electric vehicle charging is a great example of a task that can be made easier and more convenient through the power of artificial intelligence,” Hodic said.

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