Colin-on-Cars – BMW appoints power provider

While still able to get free access to BMW or MINI public charging stations, BMW Group South Africa has appointed service provider GridCars as its official Charge Point Operator.

The responses from existing BMW i3 drivers were considered when the new three-year agreement with GridCars was decided. An enhanced customer experience and access to Gridcar’s extensive network were instrumental in securing the deal.

There will, however, be a defined sign-up process for BMW Group customers who register on the GridCars portal with their new (or existing) RFID ChargeNow cards. Customers will be able to use one card for access across both networks, yet still enjoy free access to BMW or MINI-branded public charging stations.

Other features BMW Group South Africa customers might enjoy include the ability to actively manage charge sessions using Gridcar’s web-based app, real-time information on charge point availability and, at a later stage, a customer rewards programme.

This announcement comes as BMW Group South Africa prepares for the market introduction of the first fully electric MINI, the MINI Cooper SE, from October 2020.

Tim Abbott, Chief Executive Officer, BMW Group South Africa & Sub-Saharan Africa, says: “As a very exciting MINI model is added to further expand the BMW Group’s leading position in electrification, we now have an opportunity to also act on our loyal BMW i customers’ advice.

“In future, customers who drive either a BMW or MINI electric vehicle will benefit from a simplified charging process and the increased efficiencies that spring from our renewed partnership with GridCars.”

“GridCars is looking forward to engaging with BMW Group South Africa’s customers to add value to their charging experience, using the extended charging network now available across the country,” says Winstone Jordaan, GridCars Managing Director. “The launch of the electric MINI is exciting and it will be a valuable addition to the broader electric vehicle offering in South Africa.”

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