MAKE THE MOST OF YOUR PARKING TIME.
Ever more supermarkets, shopping centres and DIY stores are offering free use of their AC, and DC, charging stations or triple chargers at their parking facilities. Many hotels are also keen to be seen as more environmentally aware and making more effort to accommodate guests with electric vehicles. Multi-storey car parks are also offering electric parking spaces at no extra cost.
Your employer might also consider setting up charging facilities for you and your colleagues if space allows.
ELECTRIC CHARGER TYPES.
TYPE 2 CHARGERS.
Many AC public charging stations require you to bring your own Type 2 cable. They offer the same power as a home charger and you can charge a MINI Electric with the same 11 kW, while the MINI COUNTRYMAN plug-in hybrid uses 3.7 kW. Your MINI includes a Type 2 cable, enabling you to charge wherever you go. Take a look at the other cables available below.
CCS FAST CHARGERS.
Wherever you’re heading off to, your all-electric MINI couldn’t be better equipped. You can also take advantage of fast charging of up to 50 kW via the Combined Charging System (CCS). This is the standard for rapid charging in Europe.
The upper part of the plug resembles the Type 2 plug, while the more powerful connectors below allow for direct current (DC) with a much higher voltage and amperage. AC power has to be transformed by your vehicle, while DC power directly charges your battery.
CCS chargers include the charging cable and no additional hardware is needed. The combination of practically-sized charging capacity and stable charging performance of your MINI ensures you can take many ways to reach your destination – and always have several charging options within reach.
Please note that plug-in hybrids usually don’t support CCS as the smaller battery can’t take as much power.
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.
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 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 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.
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.
Take control with the MINI App. Plan routes in advance based on your battery usage. Keep track of your available charge. And find charging points fast for longer journeys or top-ups.
Download this handy ev charging app. Zap-Map helps you find more than 15,000 public charging points across the UK. Plan routes and find charging points, tailored around your battery usage.
TRY ELECTRIC OUT FOR YOURSELF.
We’re so sure you won’t want to hand the keys back after a quick spin that we’re offering you a MINI Electric test drive. That should give you plenty of time to experience the feel-good benefits of switching to electric – like instant torque, go-kart handling, and mile upon mile of zero-emissions driving. So take it out, see how easy electric is and wave goodbye to petrol pumps forever. Available at participating retailers only.
MANAGING RANGE ON LONGER TRIPS.
ELECTRIC CAR CHARGING GUIDE.
From getting home charging set up to finding the best charging points on the go, there’s a lot to think about when making the switch to electric. Our guide breaks down all you need to know to get the most from your electric car.
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO CHARGE?
There are plenty of factors to consider when calculating how much it costs to charge an electric car. While it’s a little bit of a ‘how long is a piece of string’ question, we’ll give you all the info we can by taking facts and figures for the marvellous MINI Electric.