Chargemaster has launched a new electric car recharge subscription scheme that offers low-cost access a network of over 4,000 charging points – and the opportunity to collect points and potentially get your hands on BMW’s EV supercar.
Called Polar Plus, users pay a £7.85 a month subscription, giving access to the full network: 80% of its charge points are free to use.
The ones that aren’t free cost 9p per unit of electricity – less than charging at home, reckons Chargemaster (it’s typically 11p per kWh at home).
There will also be a pay-as-you-go alternative, and you can upgrade to a fast charger, where available, for £2 instead of £6.
The firm calls its subscription fee “similar to popular streaming services Netflix or Amazon Instant” and promises “an expanding robust nationwide charging network”.
If it sounds good, there’s even a launch offer of six months’ free subscription. And that’s not all…
Free BMW i8 (or Telsa or… Twizy)
The scheme has an added USP, though: the opportunity to borrow an EV for a week. Each time you charge up in a particular town or city, you get 10 points.
At the end of the month, you can exchange these points to get a loan car from the Polar Experience fleet for a week.
A Renault Twizy, it says, will ‘cost you’ 10 points – so you can only charge up once in a month and theoretically get to try the Renault city car.
But that’s not all: build up 100 points – that’s 10 charges – and you could be in a BMW i8 for a month!
There is a bit of small print that means it’s not quite that straightforward, though: in reality, users will go into a ‘lottery’ to get the car for a month, which will be awarded to the person with the most Polar points (they don’t have endless supplies of BMW i8s, see).
100 points is the barrier for getting into the BMW i8 draw; it’s 10 points for the Twizy.
But hey, it’s still free to enter, and there are other cars in between those two extremes that are up for loan – the fleet consists of:
- BMW i3
- BMW i8
- Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV
- Nissan Leaf
- Renault Twizy
- Renault Zoe
- Tesla Model S
- Volkswagen e-Golf
Other cars coming to the loan scheme in coming months include EV and hybrid models from Audi and Mercedes-Benz, plus the forthcoming Tesla Model X SUV…