A 'boost' for EV drivers? Charging app Bonnet reworks pricing scheme

27 Oct 2022

Electric vehicle charging app Bonnet will introduce a new price structure that it claims will offer drivers up to 15 per cent off the standard network rate for charging their cars – worth around £250 per year.

Bonnet launched in 2021 and serves as an aggregator service for EV owners, giving subscribers access to more than 20 charging networks – including Osprey, Ionity, Shell Recharge and Source London – which total more than 80,000 chargers across Europe.

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The firm has previously three different subscription tiers called Refills, which ranged from £9 to £80 per month and included a set amount of electricity at a fixed rate. There was also a pay-as-you-go tier at a flat rate of 50p/kWh.

Bonnet will now offer a simpler structure, with a pay-as-you-go offering and two monthly subscription options. Brands Boosts, it involves drivers paying a set monthly amount, in return for a price discount on all their charging.

The entry-level Light Boost costs £2 per month, and will give drivers a 10 per cent discount off the standard network tariff on all charges. The higher-level Turbo Boost is priced at £8, and includes a 15 per cent charging discount.

The pay-as-you-go offering will now be set to the rate of the traffic the driver is using. While that means drivers could have to pay more on some chargers, Bonnet has highlighted it ends an anomaly when drivers using the app had to pay more than the standard rate to use some slower chargers.

Current Bonnet Refill customers will keep any charging they have in their account be given two months of free Boost membership during the transition to the new price scheme, which comes into effect on November 8.


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