With the launch of BMW Charging and MINI Charging, customers in Ireland now have access to one of the world’s largest public charging networks, using just one RFID card or App.
Using their single BMW Charging or MINI Charging card, or the new BMW or MINI Charging App, customers can charge at more than 1,085 charging points from different operators in Ireland, as well as 173,000 charge points across Europe.
BMW and MINI drivers benefit from access to charge points from a range of operators, with the current network including ESB Group eCars, EVBox, Chargepoint Ireland and others. Furthermore, high-power DC charging stations via IONITY are also part of the BMW Charging network. Combined, this gives drivers access to over 832 AC and 253 DC charging points in Ireland, plus a further 162,000 AC and 11,000 DC charging points across Europe.
BMW or MINI Charging customers can register for a pay-as-you-go ‘Flex tariff’, which provides the driver with access to all included network operators using a single charge card, without the need for a monthly membership or subscription to each individual operator. Customers choosing this tariff simply pay each month for the charging they have used. Pricing is based on the individual Charge Point Operators pay-as-you-go rates.
For drivers who use public charging more frequently, BMW and MINI Charging additionally offers the ‘Active tariff’, which for a base fee of €4.99 per month provides customers attractive standardised pricing per/kWh across the included networks (excludes IONITY). Customers using up to 43kW AC pay just €0.23 per kWh, up to 150kW DC is €0.27 per kWh.
Access to the IONITY charging network with up to 350kW DC Charging capability is available to both ‘Flex tariff’ and ‘Active tariff’ customers at their standard rate of €0.73 per/kWh. However, for drivers who use the IONITY charging network regularly, the optionally available ‘IONITY Plus’ package (€13.00 per month base fee) provides access to a preferential rate of just €0.27 per kWh, saving drivers €0.46 per kWh compared to the standard rate.
Customers who purchase a new fully-electric or plug-in hybrid BMW or MINI via a BMW or MINI Centre are offered the ‘Active tariff’ for 12 months without base fee. BMW customers who purchase a new BMW iX3, BMW iX or BMW i4 vehicle via a BMW Centre are also eligible for the ‘IONITY Plus’ package for 12 months, without base fee.
Drivers can see a breakdown of their charging history and fees using the App or at the new BMW or MINI charging website, with the cost of completed charging sessions and any optional package subscriptions invoiced monthly.
To locate nearby charge points, customers can use the My BMW App, MINI Connected App, new BMW/MINI Charging App or BMW/MINI Charging websites. The BMW and MINI Navigation system also shows nearby charge points, and all charging points within the network.