BMW Offers Electric-Car Charging Subscription & Pay-As-You-Go Plan
BMW has announced that it will expand its ChargeNow program for drivers of the i3 electric hatchback and i8 plug-in hybrid sport coupe to into 25 markets, in partnership with the EVgo network.
The expanded ChargeNow by EVgo program is offered to all BMW i and “iPerformance” plug-in hybrid drivers, but it is not free.
BMW is offering “introductory pricing” for enrollees, including those California BMW i3 drivers whose free DC fast-charging access is now expiring, until July 31, 2017.
Two plans are available, annual membership and pay-as-you-go.
First, the annual membership plans, which are split into two offerings depending on the specs of the plug-in BMW vehicle operated by the ChargeNow driver.
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For BMW i3 drivers whose cars are equipped with the CCS DC charging port, the cost is $99 for unlimited DC fast charging (up to 30 minutes) plus use of all EVgo 240-volt Level 2 charging sites (up to 1 hour). Fast charging refills the battery to about 80 percent of its capacity in roughly 30 minutes, but is only available on the i3.
For owners of all other plug-in BMW vehicles, the cost is $39 for unlimited use of EVgo’s public Level 2 charging stations (up to 2 hours).
Second, the pay-as-you-go plan still requires enrollment, but lets users pay only when they charge, on the following fee schedule:
- DC Fast charging: $2.95 session fee + $0.15 per minute (savings of 30 percent)
- Level 2 charging: $1.20 per plug-hour (savings of 20 percent)
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BMW-EVgo program covers cities in the state of California, Pacific Northwest, Northeast, and Texas.
More details about BMW iPerformance at www.ChargeNowUSA.com