In a new Youtube video, BMW talks again about the “BMW Wireless Charging”, the technology that allows energy transfer to take place without the use of cables. Wireless charging for the high-voltage battery will be made available as an option for the BMW 530e iPerformance from 2018. The system consists of a base pad with integrated primary coil – which can be installed in a garage, for example, but also outdoors – and a secondary coil integrated in the underside of the vehicle.

An alternating magnetic field is generated between the two coils, through which electricity is transmitted without cables or contacts at a charge rate of up to 3.2 kW. This form of power supply to the high-voltage battery is extremely convenient for customers and involves a charging time of around three-and-a-half hours.

We first experience the wireless charging technology in April 2017 when BMW allowed us to drive a 530e onto the charging pad and explore the new technology.

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 Roadster shortly after its market launch in 2018.

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