BMW introduces Plug and Charge function, which makes EV charging more convenient
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BMW introduces Plug and Charge function, which makes EV charging more convenient.

With the Plug and Charge function, a BMW EV can independently authenticate itself at charging stations using digitally stored registration data. No need for any app or charging card.

To make electric mobility more convenient, BMW has launched a Plug and Charge function that enables users to charge their EVs without using any app or charging card. With this function, an EV can automatically exchange data with the charging station and authenticate itself to start the charging process and make payments.

The Plug and Charge function makes charging the EV even easier than refueling an ICE vehicle. All the customer has to do is connect the charging point to the charging port of his vehicle - and data will flow via the charging cable in addition to electricity.

There is no need to activate the energy feed-in using an app or charging card. Instead, the vehicle authenticates itself independently by transmitting the customer’s contract data. This means that at the end of the charging process, the electricity fed into the grid is also billed fully automatically. This process does not even require an internet connection.

The BMW Group is the first car manufacturer to integrate a multi-contract functionality into its Plug&Charge offering. This allows customers to digitally store their current multiple charging contracts from at least five different providers in the vehicle and use the charging stations of these operators in a particularly convenient way.

BMW Charging is also expanding its extensive portfolio of charging services with this feature, provided by Digital Charging Solutions GmbH (DCS). Also, the new functionality allows Plug&Charge access to the IONITY charging network initiated by BMW.

The BMW Group will demonstrate the “Multi Contract Plug&Charge” function in public for the first time at the Intercharge Network Conference, which will take place in Berlin from 12 September. This function will be available for users from mid-2023.

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