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Chevy Bolt EV owners will see real-time charging station info

With coming updates, the Energy Assist app will show charging stations in use, or if they're offline for some reason.

Sean Szymkowski
It all started with Gran Turismo. From those early PlayStation days, Sean was drawn to anything with four wheels. Prior to joining the Roadshow team, he was a freelance contributor for Motor Authority, The Car Connection and Green Car Reports. As for what's in the garage, Sean owns a 2016 Chevrolet SS, and yes, it has Holden badges.
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Energy Assist app for Chevy Bolt EV

Companies continue their efforts to make charging EVs simple.

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Charging stations are nowhere near as common as the traditional gas station. Until they are, charging station makers and automakers often make it a priority to keep the process as simple as possible, which explains why  has some nifty updates in store.

Chevrolet Bolt EV owners can already use GM's Energy Assist app to help them plan a route where charging stations are available throughout the trip. However, new updates this year will provide real-time charging station data to Bolt EV drivers. Essentially, GM will take the guesswork out of a specific charging station.

Is the station in use? Energy Assist will show that. Perhaps a particular station is down for maintenance; the app will show that as well. GM said on Thursday the app will cover EVgo's and ChargePoint's stations, which make up the vast majority of stations across the US today. The automaker plans to add more networks throughout the year.

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In addition to the extra data, GM packed a few more features into Energy Assist's upcoming updates. Owners will be able to pay for charging right through the MyChevrolet app; this will only work at select stations on the EVgo network, but it's another big convenience. It erases the need to fumble for membership cards or toggle apps to start a charging session. No, charging stations don't directly accept credit cards, either.

Energy Assist will also exclusively show charging stations the Bolt EV accepts. Do keep in mind DC fast charging capability is a $750 option for the Bolt EV. Otherwise, owners will be stuck with Level 1 or 2 chargers, which are hardly ideal for a long-range EV.

Chevy increased the Bolt EV's range to a more competitive 259 miles for the 2020 model year, and parent company GM has a lot more coming on the EV front. An electric Cadillac SUV is set to debut this year, and we'll also see a GMC Hummer electric pickup

. Energy Assist will likely be a welcome complement to these new EVs as GM's electric portfolio continues to grow.

Watch this: Five more things you need to know about the 2019 Chevrolet Bolt