BMW to enable EV-charging without app or card by mid-2023

BMW’s electric models will, starting mid-2023, allow to charge at public chargers from different providers without the need to use a card or specific app. Just ‘Plug & Charge’ as the feature from Hubject’s international eRoaming platform is called, which is gaining momentum with car manufacturers and charge point operators.

You will be able to store in the car’s computer data of five different providers, so the vehicle ‘negotiates’ with the charging station directly and starts charging without needing the driver to intervene. BMW Group says it is the first car manufacturer to integrate a multi-contract functionality into its Plug&Charge offering.

No online connection needed.

“Additional benefit of this system,” BMW says in the press release, “unlike activating the charging process via an app, automatic authentication by the vehicle does not require an online connection at the charging location. This is particularly advantageous in underground garages.”

To make this work with all kinds of providers, BMW has integrated the current and future ISO-15118-2 and ISO 15118-20 standards, which specify the communication between the electric vehicle (EV), including battery electric vehicle (BEV), and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs).

Hubject eRoaming network

The corresponding providers must be connected to Hubject’s Europe-wide eRoaming network. Hubject was founded in 2012 by BMW, Bosch, Daimler, EnBW, Innogy, and Siemens and joined by Volkswagen in 2016. Hubject developed the Open Plug&Charge Protocol (OPCP), standardizing the access of Plug&Charge-related services.

It’s ‘open source software’, meaning the source code is free of rights, and anyone can inspect, modify and enhance it. That way, it simplifies the goal of becoming a broad standard worldwide, indispensable for different computer systems – like EVs, chargers, and billing services – to communicate with each other.

Hubject now gives access to 400 000 connected charging points of more than 1 000 B2B partners in 52 countries and four continents. It claims to be the world’s largest cross-provider charging network for electric vehicles by connecting charge point operator (CPO) networks.





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