2 New Google Maps Features Will Help You Save Money on Gas

Saving money on gas is a great reason to use Google Maps for all your driving needs. Even if you don’t need navigation and driving directions in your hometown. Indeed, Google Maps has two new features that will help you save money on gas. The features also work with hybrid and electric cars. They will be useful, especially in regions that have been hit hard by the energy crisis.

Google Maps will now allow you to set your car’s engine type to ensure it takes that into account when planning trips. The second feature is a Google Maps upgrade that Google has already announced: eco-friendly driving directions. It works hand-in-hand with the first one, and it’s now available in more regions.

The engine type feature leaked a few months ago. But Google is finally ready to roll out the feature. It will be available in the United States, Canada and Europe in the coming weeks.

You can now select your car’s engine type in Google Maps. Image sources: Google

Google Maps users will be able to select an engine type for each of their vehicles. The app will then suggest the best route to save money on gas or electricity.

Users will be able to choose between petrol, diesel, hybrid and electric (EV). Google Maps algorithms will take engine type into account, as Google Explain:

The most fuel efficient route will vary depending on the type of engine you have. For example, diesel engines are generally more efficient at higher speeds than petrol or gas engines, while hybrid and electric vehicles perform better in traffic jams.

How to Save Gas with Google Maps

The aforementioned feature only saves you money on gas if you also enjoy eco-friendly driving directions in Google Maps. Google rolled out the feature in the US last year, with Germany receiving it in mid-August.

Google now says the eco-route will be available to Google Maps users across Europe.

Choose an ecological route in Google Maps to save gas.
Choose an ecological route in Google Maps to save gas. Image sources: Google

When setting up routes on Google Maps, you’ll see the fastest eco route next to the fastest overall route. They will not always coincide. It will be up to users to decide if they want to save a few minutes or save on gas.

Google explains the example in the GIF animation above, which shows a trip to Ireland between Athlone and Limerick:

Given the length of the journey, it makes more sense to drive and you immediately find the fastest route.

But what if there were other options: a route that would take nine minutes longer, but save almost 30% of your predicted fuel consumption?

Activating this new feature is simple. Tap your profile picture, find Settingsthen press Navigation settings. You will need the Route Options menu, where you will have to activate the Prefer fuel-efficient routes. This is also where the Type of engine option resides (see the first GIF animation above).

Your eco-routes will then appear marked with a green leaf in Google Maps.

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