BMW UK has announced a new partnership with leading EV charging firm Pod Point to strengthen its electric car charging. 

Pod Point joins BP Pulse as BMW and Mini’s ‘preferred’ EV home charger provider, with the two firms’ customers given the option of a charger when buying their new electric car. 

Through a Pod Point home charger, BMW says it can top up a vehicle’s battery up to 10 times quicker than a three-pin plug, while also receiving over-the-air updates with Wi-Fi to enable further features to be added over time. Pod Point also has a specific app that calculates electricity costs and monitors energy usage so electric and plug-in hybrid car drivers can get the most from their vehicles. 

Later this year Pod Point’s large network of 6,200 public charging points will also join BMW and Mini’s ‘Charging Service’. With this, customers can easily access thousands of chargers all over the country with just a single card, rather than having to subscribe to different providers. 

Daniel Elliott, e-mobility product manager at BMW UK said “We’re really pleased to announce our new relationship with Pod Point. They excel at providing reliable, easy to use home charging products with a proven reputation for delivering outstanding customer service. 

“Furthermore, the inclusion of Pod Point’s public charging network within BMW Charging further cements BMW’s focus on creating easy and convenient access to public charging, anywhere.”

Mini currently just has one EV on the market – the aptly-named Electric – while BMW offers a broader range of models, such as the i3, i4, iX3 and iX, alongside a vast line-up of plug-in hybrid vehicles.