Good news for all our customers out there looking for new ways to drive for free! You can now earn free minutes by charging our electric BMW i3.
We have a recharging reward system in place for the BMW i3 which works much like our refuelling reward system. If your BMW i3 has a battery level of 25% or less at the end of your trip, simply plug it into a charging point in the DriveNow Zone, and we’ll automatically give you 20 driving minutes free as a thank you. No need to wait at the charing station - our team or maybe even another customer will simply pick it up from there once it’s fully charged! All our BMW i3 are now equipped with charging cables, located in the trunk of each BMW i3.
Where can I charge the BMW i3?
You can charge your electric car at the following locations:
Charging points are displayed on the in-car screen (see navigation system under "Points of interest/Charging points") and can be entered as a destination in the navigation system. In the Interparking garages, the charging points are located near to the carsharing parking spaces.
How do I charge the BMW i3?
Go to one of the charging points mentioned above. Park in the charging station, switch off the car and select ‘End booking and charge’ on the in-car screen. Retrieve the charge card which is located in a wallet in the central armrest*. Tap the card on the charge point so it unlocks. If you are charging at a Total Station, the cable will be provided at the charging point. If you are charging the car at another charging point where no cable is provided, you have to use the cable located in the trunk of the BMW i3. Simply attach one end to the car and the other to the charge point. The plug socket on the car is where you would normally find the fuel cap on standard cars.
Once connected, a flashing blue LED light around the charging socket on the car indicates that the car is charging. Once the car is charging, put the charge card back in the armrest and lock the car as normal by either tapping ‘Lock’ in your DriveNow app or holding your customer card over the reader on the windscreen. Your DriveNow account will automatically be topped up with 20 bonus minutes**.
How do I unplug the BMW i3 from a charge point?
Retrieve the charge card which is in a wallet in the central armrest. Tap the card on the charge point so it unlocks. Unplug the cable from the charging point first and then from the car. Put the charging cable back in the trunk of the car and put the charge card back in the wallet in the armrest.
*If you charge the BMW i3 in an Interparking garage, you have to use the parking card (P-card) to unlock/lock the charging point.
**You will only receive 20 bonus minutes for recharging if the BMW i3 had 25% or less remaining charge at the time of charge.