bp pulse is nationwide network which is available via the bp pulse app, access card or contactless credit/debit card. The network became bp pulse in December 2020, having previously been known as Polar.
bp pulse has a subscription service, where customers pay monthly for access. Included within this cost is free charging on around half of bp pulse’s points. When not free, membership offers reduced pricing for bp pulse network devices, with costs per kWh used.
bp pulse also has a pay-as-you-go service which makes bp pulse’s points available to those who aren’t subscribed to their membership tariff. Customers will need to download a smartphone app, create an account, and load a minimum of £20 credit to get started. Thereafter, they can use bp pulse charge points on an ad hoc basis and pay per charge, with a minimum fee applicable.
bp pulse is rolling out contactless bank card access across the bp pulse network’s rapid chargers, which requires no subscription or app to use. Again, charging is priced on a per kWh basis with a minimum fee applicable.
How much does the bp pulse network cost?
bp pulse membership
Membership cost: £7.85 per month – first three months free.
Cost per charge – where applicable:Fast points: 12p/kWhRapid points: 15p/kWhUltra-rapid 150 kW points: 27p/kWh
bp pulse PAYG
PAYG cost:Fast points: 18p/kWhRapid points: 25p/kWhUltra-rapid 150 kW points: 42p/kWh
Minimum transaction amount: £1.20 per charge
On points with no pricing per kWh, the same £1.20 per charge still applies though is a fixed cost
bp pulse contactless
PAYG cost:Fast points: N/ARapid points: 30p/kWhUltra-rapid 150 kW points: 42p/kWh
Minimum transaction amount: £1.50 per charge
On points with no pricing per kWh, the same £1.50 per charge still applies though is a fixed cost
To discover how much it will cost to charge an EV from a bp pulse charge point, head to Zap-Map’s Public Charging Calculator. This allows you to select any new or used plug-in vehicle, and tailor elements – such as electricity cost and charge required – for personalised results.
How to use the the bp pulse Network
Access to the bp pulse network is made via either an RFID card or a smartphone app. Contactless bank card access is available on a large number of rapid charge points.
Finding bp pulse points on Zap-Map
All bp pulse points can be found on Zap-Map by using the network filter. This can be used on the desktop and mobile apps, and displays only those points available to use by bp pulse customers.
bp pulse also provides Zap-Map with a live network feed of points, helping to show the most up-to-date charge point information possible. This means Zap-Map can show if a charge point is in use or available, alongside the traditional reports indicating whether the unit is operational or out of order.
About bp pulse
Founded in 2008 and acquired by bp in 2018, bp pulse manufactures home charge units and public fast chargers. The company also produces rapid charge points – charging at 50 kW DC and 43 kW AC – and ultra-rapid 150 kW DC chargers.
bp pulse partners
bp pulse has official charging partner arrangements with BMW, Jaguar, Land Rover, LEVC, Mercedes-Benz, Mini, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Renault, Toyota, and Smart. The company is either able to easily arrange for home charge units to be installed for new customers of the above manufacturers, or in certain cases will provide free home charge points to buyers as part of the deal.