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Our public EV charging subscription – what to know

024 Mar 2024

There’s more than one way to pay for charging. We’ll help you work out what’s right for you

At bp pulse, we offer a choice of four ways to pay – including subscribing. But is it the right option for you? Let’s take a look.

What does a subscription offer?

When you subscribe to bp pulse there can be several benefits. One that makes most EV owners’ ears prick up is cheaper charging. Subscribers can save up to 20% on our contactless rates , as well as £45 charging credit over five months. You can find the full details on our pricing page.

The benefits go beyond making savings on charging, there’s also a convenience bonus too. With subscribers getting monthly billing and payments, managing charging costs can feel easier.

Is subscription right for me?

For most people, the biggest consideration is value for money. Of course, it depends on your charging and driving habits as to the savings you’ll make. Consider the monthly subscription cost you will pay of £7.85, and then balance that against what you typically pay as a guest or through contactless. You might even want to make calculations based on one of your typical journeys and mileage. Every person has a different budget, but if you find yourself using our public charging network regularly, it’s probably worth considering.

The other thing to remember is that the subscription is flexible. Say you need to do some extra driving away from your usual home charging spot? You can join up and unsubscribe when your charging needs change. You can pick up your subscription again at any time.

Find a public charging point near you by downloading the bp pulse app >

I’m in! How do I become a bp pulse subscriber?

It’s easy. If you’ve already got the app, whether it’s just to find out about charging locations or for your contactless payments, then upgrading to full subscription is simple. You can find out more about the bp pulse app or download it whenever you’re ready.

Don’t have the app yet? You need it to subscribe and access our lowest charging rates. Here’s how to get set up:

1. Go to your usual app store, such as App Store or Google play

2. Search for the bp pulse app

3. Download the app for free onto your mobile

4. Click ‘Profile’

5. Select ‘Subscribe and save’

6. Select ‘Set up my subscription now’ and follow the on screen instructions – and you’re done.

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Footnotes

  1. Pay on average 20% less than contactless rates when using bp pulse network. Savings vary by charger type (Fast = 25%, Rapid = 20%, UFC = 19% less) and not available on [non-participating chargers](https://www.bppulse.co.uk/non-participating-chargers.pdf "non-participating chargers"). Rates & average subscriber savings are subject to change. Payment by bp pulse charge card or via bp pulse app is required. Rates & savings vary across bp pulse network.  
  2. 1 month's subscription free, then £45 credit on us. When you download the bp pulse app and register and upgrade to a full bp pulse membership subscription (£7.85 inc VAT per month), we’ll give you your first month’s subscription free, plus a £9 charging credit each month for the following 5 months. Total of £45 credit is only valid if you remain a full member for 6 months from registration.