BMW and EVgo Expanding ChargeNow into 25 Markets for a Fee

BMW is expanding its ChargeNow program into 25 markets, in partnership with the EVgo network, but it won’t be for free.

Of the 25 cities and regions covered in ChargeNow, nine are in California and the Pacific Northwest, four are in the Northeast, and three are located in Texas.

BMW had launched a limited ChargeNow DC Fast program in November, which gave new BMW i3 buyers in California free access to EVgo’s network of DC fast-charging sites for a limited time. The expanded ChargeNow program is being offered to all BMW i and “iPerformance” plug-in hybrid owners, but it is not free.

Enrollees can tap into “introductory pricing” through July 31, 2017. This pricing program includes California BMW i3 drivers whose free DC fast-charging access is now expiring.

BMW i3 and i8 owners have two programs available, annual membership and pay-as-you-go.

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The annual membership plans are split into two offerings. 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). Owners of all other plug-in BMW vehicles will pay $39 for unlimited use of EVgo’s public Level 2 charging stations (up to two hours).

The pay-as-you-go plan still requires enrollment, but lets users pay only when they charge. DC Fast charging costs $2.95 session fee + $0.15 per minute, offering a 30 percent savings; and level 2 charging costs $1.20 per charging hour for a savings of 20 percent.

BMW of North America unveiled its BMW i DC Fast Chargers program at the Plug-In 2014 conference. BMW said it can charge the BMW i3 all-electric vehicle’s battery up to 80 percent in 30 minutes. The charger is a joint development between BMW and Bosch Automotive Service Solutions.

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