BMW Wireless Charging: 530e from 2018 with inductive charging

BMW i | April 27th, 2017 by 48
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The idea of ​​inductive charging for electric cars is almost as old as the electric car itself, but from 2018 onwards, it will become reality. …

The idea of ​​inductive charging for electric cars is almost as old as the electric car itself, but from 2018 onwards, it will become reality. BMW Wireless Charging is the technology that will initially be available for the BMW 530e iPerformance and shortly thereafter for other electric cars and plug-in hybrids from Munich. With the help of a special loading plate and, of course, a correspondingly equipped car, the plugging in of a charging cable will thus be superfluous.

The prototype shown now uses a base plate with an integrated primary coil. The floor plate can be used both in a garage and outdoors, and can charge the lithium-ion battery of the car in combination with a secondary coil installed on the vehicle floor. A magnetic alternating field is generated between the two coils, with an output of up to 3.2 kW which can be transmitted inductively.

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If the 530e iPerformance is parked over the BMW Wireless Charging loading plate, the battery can be fully charged within 3.5 hours. When maneuvering onto the loading platform, the iDrive system helps its driver with help lines and an exact display of the required position of the vehicle.

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Of course, the floor slab is designed so that it can also be crossed without taking any damage.

After the BMW 530e, additional models with the optional BMW Wireless Charging package will be available within a short time. In addition to the vehicle, the floor plate must also be bought for operation, which can be obtained from the dealership, similar to conventional wallbox solutions from BMW i and iPerformance.

According to the BMW, the price is not yet fixed, but it should only be slightly above the current BMW i Wallbox Pro, which is currently priced at around $900.

It goes without saying that the BMW Wireless Charging technology will be available for other current models such as the 330e, 740e, i8 and i8 Spyder shortly after its market launch in 2018.

48 responses to “BMW Wireless Charging: 530e from 2018 with inductive charging”

  1. Alexander S says:

    This is the revolution!! Even if it will be charging longer than single one!

  2. raleedy says:

    What kid of electricity supply is required for this?

  3. CDspeed says:

    That’s an excellent idea having the iDrive system linked to the charging pad to guide you. Getting the wireless charger lined up is important, if your off the efficiency of your charge can vary, and won’t be at its full potential. But even when perfectly lined up you still loose 10% efficiency in the form of waste heat, so you can achieve 90% at best. Though plugging-in is 100% efficient, and doesn’t produce heat. Wireless chargers also need to have an emergency shut off that detects metal objects left on the charging pad, as it will heat metal like a stove top.

    • Vinson says:

      “Though plugging-in is 100% efficient, and doesn’t produce heat.” – Bogus…

      Wireless systems are now about 94% efficient; which is not too dissimilar to a conductive charger.

      • CDspeed says:

        Well maybe the have improved them by 4% technology is always evolving. It’s still not much different then simply plugging-in, of course some people have convinced themselves that it’s a hassle, even if they’ve never lived a day with an electric car of their own.

    • Sander says:

      > “Though plugging-in is 100% efficient”

      I measure about 15% loss when I charge my i3.

  4. Harri Inkinen says:

    To what standard does the plate comply to?

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