Plugged-in Midlands is the regional network covering the East and West Midlands and is operated by Chargemaster, which means the former Government-backed Plugged-in Places charge points now come under the POLAR network umbrella.
As such, Plugged-in Midlands members are charged the same subscription fee as POLAR Plus customers, and the same charging fees should there be anyway. They also have access to POLAR and Charge Your Car points across the rest of the country, in the same way POLAR customers.
Customers will need to create an account before they are allowed access as a Plugged-in Midlands member, but then the majority of charge points are free to use. Where there is a fee, the charge is priced at 10.8p per kWh used.
Plugged-in Midlands network costs
Membership cost: £7.85 per month – first three months free.
Cost per charge: 10.8p/kWh where applicable
Most points free to use with membership.
Plugged-in Midlands network access
Access to the Plugged-in Midlands network is made via a Polar Plus RFID card. Units can be accessed via Polar Instant app for non-Plugged-in Midlands members, though under the same pricing and conditions as other Polar Instant customers.
Finding Plugged-in Midlands points on Zap-Map
All Plugged-in Midlands 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 Plugged-in Midlands customers.
Plugged-in Midlands – via POLAR – 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.
Accessing points on other networks
About Plugged-in Midlands
There are around 120 Plugged-in Midlands charge points on Zap-Map, with 250 or so connectors available for customers to use. However, this number can be supplemented by the more than 1,300 Chargemaster Polar charge points on Zap-Map, and the 1,000 CYC units logged. Luton-based Chargemaster is one of the largest EV charge point manufacturers in the UK, with approximately 50,000 devices sold worldwide.
Founded in 2010 by low carbon technology consultancy Cenex, Plugged-in Midlands moved over to Chargemaster control in 2015.