BMW to introduce cross-vendor Plug&Charge in 2023

BMW to introduce cross-vendor Plug&Charge in 2023

BMW is now also making a concrete announcement on the introduction of Plug&Charge technology, as electrive.net has exclusively learned: from mid-2023, the function will be available in the first e-cars from BMW. These days, Mercedes had already announced Plug&Charge for a wider range of its electric cars.

BMW will be the first manufacturer to integrate multiple traction power contracts, according to a statement obtained by us. This "multi contract" feature will allow customers to digitally store individual traction power contracts from at least five different providers in the vehicle, using ISO-15118-2 and ISO 15118-20 standards.

In practice, after connecting the charging cable, the customer only has to select and confirm the respective contract in the menu of the vehicle operating system in order to start the charging process. In February 2022, Hubject had made public its plans to pave the way for, among other things, "multi-contract handling" - as now announced by BMW - via an Open Plug&Charge Protocol (OPCP).