1. You already have your MINI App enabled and connected to your MINI? Great. Register seamlessly by selecting “MINI Charging Account” in your MINI 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 MINI.
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.
MINI Charging card: Use your MINI 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 MINI terms?
While the fully-electric MINI conveniently reaches its full capacity in about 3,5 hours at a public AC charger, it reaches an 80% state of charge in about 36 minutes at a DC charger in the MINI Charging Network.
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 MINI terms?
You have nothing to worry about. Your MINI already comes with the basic equipment needed for Home & Public Charging, including cables suitable for your vehicle and region. And… your MINI 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 MINI Maps and in the MINI App.
The public charging infrastructure in Europe is growing steadily. There are hundreds of charge point operators (CPOs) all across Europe. In addition to local charging opportunities - most all 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 MINI Charging terms? MINI Charging aggregates the vast majority of charge point operators across Europe 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 MINI/MINI Charging terms?
Your MINI Charging Card or the MINI App are your key to a vast network of charge points across Europe. You will quickly pick up the slight process differences depending on the CPO. Stop the charging process remotely via MINI App or simply unlock the vehicle.
Electric vehicles are only as eco-friendly as the energy they’re charged with. That’s why with MINI Charging we are making every charging session as sustainable as possible.