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ELECTRIC CAR CHARGING AT HOME.

The great thing about electric car charging at home is that it’s easy to do. There are different home car charging points that you can use depending on what suits you best, so you can be sure you’re always ready to hit the road.

Home charging.

Charging your MINI at home is just as easy as charging anything else. Whether it’s through a conventional 3-pin plug or a home wall box, find everything you need to know by watching our useful home charging video below.

ELECTRIC CAR CHARGING POINTS.

You can now find more than 39,000 charge point connectors at over 14,000 EV charge stations across the UK. These come in three different types.
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RAPID CHARGING.

The fastest charging points are typically found at motorway service stations and on main routes. They use a DC supply to charge rapidly at a rating of up to 50kw. Using this method, the MINI Electric can charge from 0-80% in as little as 36 minutes.

Fast charging.

Fast charging points are the most common and deliver an AC supply at a higher rating of either 7.4kw or 11kw. While MINI Electric can use both, it has a maximum rating of 11kw with an AC supply. Which means a full charge would take 3 hours and 30 minutes.

Slow charging.

Slow charging points are less common and tend to be older devices. They deliver an AC supply and are rated at up to 2.3kw. If you have enough time, MINI Electric can achieve a full charge in 12 hours. You can also use this method by charging with a standard 3 pin plug at home.

Public charging.

Charging your MINI in public couldn’t be easier. Whether you’re connecting through AC or DC charging, find everything you need to know by watching our useful home charging video below.

MINI CHARGING.

MINI Charging gives you instant access to one of the largest public charging networks and will allow you to seamlessly connect to over 11,000 electric vehicle charging stations in the UK. It’ll also give you access to stations in all other MINI Charging markets within Europe. Currently in the UK the MINI Electric network is connected to charging points from key operators such as our partner Pod Point, ChargepointNetwork UK and others, as well as high-power charging stations available via IONITY.

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HOW TO REGISTER FOR MINI CHARGING.

If you don’t receive a card from your sales advisor during handover then you can order one by registering at MINI-charging.com. If you’ve already received one, then you’ll need to activate it before it can be used.

HOW TO CHARGE MINI ELECTRIC.

First, find your nearest charging point using MINI Navigation, the MINI Charging App, or the MINI App. Then, to start your charging session use either your RFID card or mobile app, depending on the charge point. The current price for each charging point is shown in the MINI Charging app or on the website and we recommended checking the price before you start charging.

FIND CHARGING POINTS FAST.

In your MINI Electric, you’re never far away from a public charging point. And there’s more than one way to find them.

SAVE AS YOU DRIVE.

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MINI Electric makes your money go further too. At just 5p per mile, it’s between two and four times cheaper than driving a petrol or diesel.**Unlike some electric cars, MINI Electric's battery is included in the price of the car. And we're so confident about our technology we offer a warranty of 8 years or 100,000 miles, whichever you reach first.

A charging point can help you charge up even faster. And right now, you can enjoy a government grant towards the cost and installation of one.

GOVERNMENT GRANTS FOR CHARGING POINTS.

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Home charging points.

If you have dedicated off-street parking and live in rental accommodation or own a flat, you could also qualify for the Electric Vehicle (EV) chargepoint grant. The grant pays 75% towards the cost and installation of a chargepoint unit outside your home (up to a maximum of £350).

Workplace charging grant.

The Workplace Charging Scheme (WCS) is a government-funded scheme that helps to reduce the purchase and installation cost of workplace charging stations significantly. See how your company can apply.

HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO CHARGE AN ELECTRIC CAR?

Well that all depends on the speed of the charging point you use and the size of the battery – naturally we’ll be focusing on the 32.6 kWh battery of the MINI Electric.

According to our calculator, to charge up the MINI Electric to a full 100% (which lasts for around 145 miles!) it will take approximately…

• 5 hours, 30 minutes using an at home Wallbox

• 12 hours, 10 minutes using a regular power socket at home

• 5 hours, 30 minutes using a public charger

• 1 hour, 20 minutes using a public rapid charger

For more information and to try out the calculator, hit the link below.

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And if you’re wondering how much it costs to charge the MINI Electric, you can find out more here or use our handy interactive calculator below:

FAQS.

HOW DO YOU CHARGE AN ELECTRIC CAR AT HOME ?

Charging at home is easy if you have a driveway or garage. The MINI Electric comes with two AC charging cables as standard. The first fits a regular home wall socket and uses the standard AC power supply. It’s perfect for occasional charging, or when your MINI Electric is resting overnight. The second charging cable is designed to work with a Homecharge unit where the AC power supply is increased, charging your car more quickly. A Homecharge unit costs around £1,000 to buy and install, but the government’s Office for Zero Emission Vehicles (OZEV) grant could cut the cost by up to £350.

HOW DO YOU CHARGE AN ELECTRIC CAR WHEN YOU’RE OUT?

MINI Charging gives you instant access to one of the largest public charging networks in the UK – that’s over 14,000 electric vehicle charging stations! You can locate them either using the MINI App, MINI Charging App or through your car’s navigation system, which will direct you. Then you simply pay, plug in and get charging!

DO YOU PAY TO CHARGE AN ELECTRIC CAR?

At home, if you plug your car into your regular wall socket or Homecharge unit then all you pay for is the electricity using your usual tariff. Out and about, you can generally pay as you go – using contactless payment at many new chargers. Or you can use MINI Charging, our handy system that gives you access to thousands of public charging stations. Then, you simply scan your card or the mobile app at the charging point and you’ll be charged for any usage at the end of the month. Of course, you can see how much you’ve spent at any time in your online account.

 

ARE ALL ELECTRIC CAR CHARGERS THE SAME?

Most electric cars in the UK are compatible with the same rapid chargers. But when it comes to non-rapid charging, there are two types of sockets, so you usually need to bring along your own cable. Luckily the MINI Electric comes with the cable it requires, and at the charger end, the cables are all compatible.

CAN YOU CHARGE AN ELECTRIC CAR IN THE RAIN?

Absolutely! Electric cars and their chargers are completely weatherproof and will protect you from any electric shocks, so it’s perfectly safe to charge your EV in the rain.

CAN YOU CHARGE AN ELECTRIC CAR USING SOLAR PANELS?

You can certainly generate power to charge your electric car using solar panels. According to drivingelectric.com, you’ll need around ten panels to charge an average-sized car battery. And to efficiently charge an electric vehicle using solar panels, you’ll also have to install a home charging unit and a PV inverter unit that converts the solar energy into DC current for the vehicle.

Any questions?

If you’d like to know more about public charging points, please contact your local MINI retailer.