1. You already have your My BMW App enabled and connected to your BMW? Great. Register seamlessly by selecting “BMW Charging Account” in your My BMW App. You prefer it the non app way? Check our tariff page to identify tariffs, packages and specials that best fits your driving habits and needs and are relevant for your BMW.
2. Enter a bit of information about you and your vehicle. This information is mainly collected to create your account and to ensure that you receive offers that fit your vehicle.
3. Choose your preferred method of payment.
4. Order your charging card or, if you already have one, enter the number of your card. You can choose to activate your contract right away or set a specific date for activation. You will receive a full overview of your contract. If everything is correct, simply click confirm.
After you’ve activated your card, the service is available to you right away. With your app, you have access to our charging network.
You can search for charging stations, check plug types and their availability, and also start the charging process at selected charge points. You can also view and update your account and billing information.
The map lets you find charge points – in the app. Filter by plug types, charging speed, mode of authentification and availability. View ratings and leave reviews.
You can also display a route to your desired charging station and start navigating straight from the app.
And if a station offers remote charging, you can initiate that process, too.
Depending on the charging station, you can start the charging process in different ways and enjoy maximum flexibility.
BMW Charging card: Use your BMW Charging Card to authenticate yourself at the charging station to initiate the charging process.
Digital Authentication: Start and stop the charging process directly from your app. At some charging stations, you can also track your charging process via the app.
All of your charging activities are displayed in your account.
The duration of a charging process depends on various factors: the battery capacity and level, the vehicle charging performance as well as the charging station‘s speed and capacity.
Electric vehicles can be charged with the following:
- Alternating Current (AC) with a maximum of 22 kW. This is suitable for PHEVs and BEVs.
- Direct Current (DC), also known as rapid charging, which starts at 50 kW. It is only suitable for BEVs.
- High Power Charging (HPC), is the next-super-fast-generation of DC charging technology and starts at 150kW.
What does that mean in BMW terms?
While the fully-electric BMW i4 conveniently reaches its full capacity in about 8,25 hours e.g. at a public AC charger, it gains up to 102 miles in range in only 10 minutes at a HPC charger.
There is a variety of different plug types out there. At AC stations, Type-2 plugs are the most common, but some have Type-1 plugs as well. DC stations have either CCS or CHAdeMO plugs. European car manufacturers use the CCS standard.
For AC charging you will need to bring your own Mode 3 public charging cable, as most stations do not have a cable attached. For DC chargers this is not necessary as they have a fixed cable attached.
What does that mean in BMW terms?
You have nothing to worry about. Your BMW already comes with the basic equipment needed for Home & Public Charging, including cables suitable for your vehicle and region. And… your BMW knows which type of charge points and connectors (Type 2 and/or CCS) are the right ones for it‘s vehicle type and by default applies the right filters in BMW Maps and in the My BMW App.
The public charging infrastructure in Japan is growing steadily. There are hundreds of charge point operators (CPOs) all across Japan. In addition to local charging opportunities - most major motorways are now equipped with rapid charging opportunities – typically High Power Charging (HPC) - at reasonable distances.
To access this vast number of charging opportunities individually it is quite a job to set up accounts with all of the different charge point operators and keep track of means of access, prices, accounts and invoices.
What does that mean in BMW Charging terms?
BMW Charging aggregates the vast majority of charge point operators across Japan and continuously adds new players and offers. Therefore you are good with one contract to conveniently have multiple operator network access covering AC + DC incl. HPC alike. Check our map to see all of the charge points in our network and near your frequently visited Point of Interest.
When you reach the charging station, you authenticate yourself with a suitable charging card, via app or other digital/technical solutions. Depending on the charge point operator (CPO) you either first unlock the charge point or first plug in your vehicle.
Once the charging cable is plugged in, it locks securely on both ends before the charging starts. It stays locked until the charging process is terminated. The charging process either stops by re-reading the means of authentication or by simply unlocking the car. Disconnect the cable. Done.
What does that mean in BMW/BMW Charging terms?
Your BMW Charging Card or the My BMW App are your key to a vast network of charge points across Japan. You will quickly pick up the slight process differences depending on the CPO. Stop the charging process remotely via My BMW App or simply unlock the vehicle.
There are two types of the tariff plans that you can choose from. One is the tariff that you can use both AC charging only and the another is AC and DC charging.
For details, please check the tariff page or contact your dealer or call center.