As more electric vehicles begin to hit the streets, convenient charging will become another concern for the owners. BMW wants to give you the easiest way to charge your car, so it will go into the production of its world-first inductive charging system in July 2018. It means you can wirelessly charge your EV just by simply parking it.
As the Car Magazine reports, the German automobile manufacturer is set to work with many of its plug-in hybrid models (PHEVs). The charging pad consists of a primary coil inside an aluminum plate, which is then wrapped in plastic. The secondary coil inside a pad sits between the front wheels of a 530e Sedan. The mat that sits on the floor should be plugged into a 220-volt outlet, which will then transmit 3.2 kilowatts of power to the secondary coil. However, inductive charging isn’t as fast as plugging the car into the wall. BMW claims it will take 3.5 hours to top up a 530e’s 9.2kW battery.
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However, you can’t just purchase this inductive charging system. In Europe, it will be limited to a leasing option for the PHEVs. And in the US, this charging pad will only be available in California for a pilot program. Since 2014, BMW has been talking about wireless charging and worked with Daimler on the technology to spur its adoption. With this move, the company is indicating a future where you can just come home and leave your car in the garage for charging without thinking about plugging it in.