By Iternio Planning AB
A Better Routeplanner (ABRP) is the world's most respected service to plan, learn and dream about Electric Vehicles - EVs. Simply select your vehicle model, enter your destination and hit plan to get a full trip plan including charge stops and trip duration. When you are ready to drive it, just go to driving mode and use ABRP as a real-time plan follow-up tool and even navigator, replan as necessary and get continuously updated information about your trip. We support every major EV in the market. Which suits your needs best?
We’ve used this app quite a few times, and honestly I’m about to uninstall it. It’s constantly taking us to chargers that don’t exist or are broken down, won’t let me adjust the starting battery percentage, and deletes my routes in the middle of driving. It’s slightly helpful for giving you an idea of where to stop, so you can use the ChargePoint or EVgo app to check if there’s actually a working charger. This app has definitely caused us more frustration and close calls with battery running out than helping.
I logged in and nothing works—I came to the App Store, and sure enough, the app was updated 4 days ago. My saved EV has been changed to a Tesla, the preferred network has now become the Tesla Supercharger network. While I can change the network to CCS charging, the ability to change the car back is non-functional, so I can’t change it from Tesla. That makes the routing irrelevant for me, since the specs on a Tesla don’t match my ride. Guess I’ll set this aside for a few days and check back to see if there is yet another update to fix what was just broken.
Really poor execution, riddled with bugs and crashes. I wish it worked
I like the premise of the app and what it's supposed to do, so it gets an extra star for that. I'm new to EVs with a 2023 X, but that isn't available to select at all. "Newest" model is 2021. I get I could use it generally, but the purpose for me at least is to help with range anxiety. And right now I'll stick to Tesla's own system in my car. This came recommended from another Tesla-owning friend, so it's unfortunate that it falls short. I can overlook the minor UI things people are complaining about, but I can't overlook an EV charging trip planning app's lack of support for my car.
Honestly the app is good enough with no alternatives. The biggest drawback is what everyone else is saying.. the UI. It doesn’t work as well as it should. Hopefully it gets better since we have little to no alternatives.
I used this on a 900-mile each way trip. A huge Improvement would be to be able to identify which charging companies I prefer - I had much trouble with Shell Recharge so will never use them again, ChargePoint was in negotiations with vendors in DE so many were not working, preferred chargers are EVgo. If I could plan my route using chargers I prefer, it would have gone more smoothly. As it was, I was constantly pulling over to the side of the road to juggle between apps. Also - it consistently and considerably underestimated charging time so my journey took a lot longer than anticipated. Steep learning curve for a long drive with an EV. Not the apps fault, the infrastructure isn’t there yet.
Not only is it difficult to drive in a straight line over land when the roads are not laid out that way, but it is impossible over water. Yet that is what this app does. Secondly, it is missing a lot of charger possibilities. It is wildly out of date and unreliable. If they get their act together, it would be helpful since they do try to indicate the strength of the charge opportunity. For now it is best to stick to PlugShare.
I was excited by the face lift in the new version but it doesn’t work—at all. I’m a UX designer, I’ve seen a lot of UI but I can’t for the life of me figure out how to set a route. Roll back??
It seems like there were some major changes that messed up some things. There was a route I had previously selected to go from my house in the Philly suburbs to Provincetown, Massachusetts, a trip that I know should take about 8 or 8.5 hours including charging time. But now, the same route is being calculated to take 16 hours & 44 minutes, which is about double the time it should be. Something is seriously wrong here. Also, the date selector when planning a trip is behaving wrong. When I select a date, it’s choosing the previous days date. In this case, I’m trying to choose July 8, but instead it’s putting July 7.
Honestly I just couldn’t get past the horrible app design.