Electric vehicles have been taking over the world of cars since last decade, and the EV experience in Europe (and most probably the rest of the world too) means the use of proprietary software, and specifically the use of (proprietary) apps.
@tortoisedoc reported an issue with the EVBox charging app, and that gave me the idea that we might want a general topic to discuss the EV apps out there, and how you experience them on AppSupport. The idea is that we can exchange experiences with (charging, mapping) apps and generally exchange useful tips for EVs and Sailfish users. I know some of you have EVs, so let’s have a chat!
This is a way to talk about bugs without having formal reports, and to talk about positive experiences too!
I’ll kick off the topic: I am Ruben, I have used Sailfish OS since it came to life with Jolla. I currently daily drive an Xperia 10, and I also daily drive a Renault Zoe ZE40 R90 2017. I truly love that little car.
My experience with the Renault Zoe ZE40 R90 2017: I use the Bluetooth connection to play music and take and make phone calls. This generally works flawlessly, except that during winter (since a week or two, and it’s been every winter so far), the titles of songs don’t update on the entertainment display. The song that was playing in Unplayer remains visible until the entertainment system restarts, then it’s updated.
I have a whole bunch of apps, and I have an Xperia 10 IV with stock Android that I used for charging apps when I’m 100km+ outside of my comfort zone (used it in Hamburg, for example). Bonnet, Shell (of which I have a charging card), ABRP, Vattenfall (never used it IIRC), Charge Assist (that’s Brussels, mostly, never even used it), Yellowbrick (parking in Brussels), Crashform.
I have the whole MicroG suite with Mapbox, which yields me a very “meh” experience: the Shell apps recenters or moves around the map quite often, and charging points are shifted on the map by a few meters or maybe even more (same in Uber Eats!). Yellowbrick crashes right after startup. Their website is also too heavy for the Sailfish browser, it seems , so I only use it via my laptop.
I canceled my Bonnet subscription because I don’t charge on public chargers too often, although I was also annoyed that their new login procedure doesn’t work on Sailfish OS: they send an email with a link that you open with the Bonnet app (which seems to be recognised mostly), but then the Bonnet app doesn’t respond correctly to it…
What I do like: I have my Zoe in Home Assistant, and I can use the Sailfish browser pretty easily to trigger the preconditioning function. I use that quite often, and takes me about 20 seconds to actually trigger it. It’s the standard look-I-have-a-cool-car trick for EV drivers, but it’s nice that it actually works decently on Sailfish
The Renault App itself used to work well, but nowadays it triggers a “your phone is rooted” message. It’s more picky than any of my banking apps, and I can’t get it to behave again. I have it on my Xperia IV instead.