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BMW Debuts Wireless Charging For Electric Cars To Drive Sustainability
By Yoon Sann Wong, 31 May 2018
BMW i, a brand under the BMW Group that’s focused on connected mobility services and novel vehicle concepts centered on sustainability, has created a wireless charging station for plug-in hybrid vehicles.
‘BMW Wireless Charging’ comprises a ‘GroundPad’ that can be installed on the floor either in a garage or outdoors, and a ‘CarPad’ that’s fitted on the vehicle’s underside.
“The contactless transfer of energy between the GroundPad and CarPad is conducted over a distance of around eight centimetres. The GroundPad generates a magnetic field. In the CarPad an electric current is induced, which then charges the high-voltage battery,” explained BMW inside a press release.
With 3.2 kW of charging power, the station takes about three-and-a-half hours to fully refuel the batteries of the BMW ‘530e iPerformance’ model.
Production for ‘BMW Wireless Charging’ will begin in July, but the station can be ordered now as a leasing option for the BMW ‘530e iPerformance’.
The station will become available in Germany, followed by the UK, the US, Japan, and China.
[via BMW, video via TestDriven]
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