Electric Vehicles

Apple WWDC: Electric vehicle routing options added to Apple Maps in iOS 14

Electirc vehicle drivers will be able to utilize new Apple Maps functionality to help with route planning.

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Apple Maps is getting a bigger upgrade as part of iOS 14 than Apple CarPlay. The mapping app, which has to compete with Google Maps on users phones, is getting a host of significant additions with worldwide user implications as announced at today's Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC).

The iOS 14 version of Apple Maps will include guides from companies including Zagat and AllTrails. it will provide suggestions for users looking to lessen their carbon footprint.

Apple WWDC iOS 14 Maps Maps now includes guides for users.Photo courtesy of Apple

Cycling is added to the list of transportation options. With this choice, users are able to get a route that includes bike lanes, paths, and roads. The system takes changes in altitude into account, as well as the traffic situation on roads (busy vs quiet). Users can denote whether they want to carry their bicycle up stairs as part of their route or avoid stairs altogether. This addition rolls out to New York City, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Shanghai, and Beijing first. Additional city rollouts are planned.

Electric vehicle drivers can choose EV Routing for their Maps usage. Using that option, Maps will track your vehicle's current charge and will keep track of which chargers your vehicle is compatible with to ensure when you stop to charge, your vehicle is compatible with what's available.

Apple WWDC iOS 14 Maps Technology that takes into account restricted driving zones is currently in development.Photo courtesy of Apple

The route mapping system also takes into account electric range and charging stations to find the optional route.

EV Routing functionality will first roll out in the BMW i4 as well as the Ford Mustang Mach-E.

Further, Apple is working on a solution to integrate Congestion and Green Zone information and support into the app allowing for alternative routes for cities that restrict travel for some drivers in certain areas. These types of restrictions are typically found in Europe and Asia.

Apple WWDC iOS 14 Maps EV charging is now considered as part of route mapping. Opting for that functionality shows where charging is along your way.Photo courtesy of Apple

At WWDC, Apple also announced a new NFC solution called ACarKey, which allows owners to use their phone as a key to get into and operate their vehicle, as well as a refreshed version of Apple CarPlay.

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Toyota's ready to make a big announcement.

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Auto Shanghai has another surprise in store. Toyota will debut an electrified vehicle next week and ahead of that moment, the company has leaked teaser photos and video featuring the model on its social media channels.

One of the posts, available on Twitter and Instagram, showcases the vehicle and a series of conceptual, perhaps inspirational, related items. A light shines as a reflection in an eye. A design on paper leads to a math equation. A laser, perhaps a plasma cutter, is focused on an object. Watch the see the rest.


It passes by quickly, but in there is the shape of a crossover. We've captured the moment in a still photo below so you can take a longer look. From the body design quickly shown here, the SUV is shaped more like the Toyota Venza than the Toyota RAV4. The key here is the rear side window, which is more triangular, like the Venza, than the squared-off RAV4''s.

202 The shape of the vehicle is similar to the Toyota Venza.Photo courtesy of Toyota Motor Corporation

2022 Toyota Venza EV

The face of the vehicle, shown in another social media post (this time on Instagram) and at the top of this article, shows a pared back vehicle face. The height of the vehicle confirms that it's in fact a crossover body style.

We do know that Subaru and Toyota have been working on an electric SUV for a while. While Subaru is likely calling the vehicle "Evoltis" there's some indication that Toyota may be reviving the "Celica" name for the EV. Batteries, after all, are made up of cells.

As of right now, we have to take the wait-and-see approach. One thing's for sure. We'll know more next week.

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A new Texas-themed version of the Jeep Gladiator is on the way.

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Jeep has brought the Gladiator's off-road chops to the trails of the Lone Star State. The 2021 Jeep Gladiator Texas Trail is another of the the traditional of special edition vehicles for Texans who occupy the nation's largest truck market. It's the first time Jeep has offered a unique-to-Texas truck.

The new model builds on the Gladiator Sport S trim adding 17-inch Mid-Gloss Back Aluminum wheels wrapped in 32-inch mud-terrain tires, four-wheel drive, standard side steps, and the Trailer Tow Group. The Gladiator Texas Trail has a unique hood and decals that feature the year 1836 in the graphic as a nod to the year of the Texas Declaration of Independence. It also wears a black hardtop, black leather seats embossed with the Texas Trail graphic and comes equipped with the Technology Group and Convenience Group packages.

2021 Jeep Gl The vehicle is ready to be fully accessorized to the buyer's wishes.Photo courtesy of Stellantis

2021 Jeep Gl

The Texas-themed model features the buyer's choice of Jeep's new 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V6 engine that's rated at 260 horsepower and 442 pound-feet of torque or the tried and true 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 power plant, which achieves 285 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque.

Jeep has badged each of the models with Trail Rated status. To achieve this status, Jeep vehicles must pass extreme off-road capability challenges.

The Gladiator Texas Trail is available in 10 colors: black, white, Snazzberry, Granite Crystal, Sarge, Nacho, Hydro Blue, Firecracker Red, Billet Silver, and Sting-Gray. Jeep recently introduced a Snazzberry-colored Wrangler.

Each Gladiator comes with the Jeep Wave customer service program, which includes three years of maintenance, 24/7 phone/online support, trip interruption/first-day loaner coverage, and VIP access to Jeep events.

The 2021 Jeep Gladiator Texas Trail has a starting MSRP of $40,435 (plus $1,495 destination) and is currently available at Texas dealers.

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