The system includes visual feedback and instructions for the driver via the in-car infotainment dash display
BMW’s newest hybrid electric vehicle, the BMW 530e iPerformance is projected to hit the markets in 2018. The variant’s options include a forthcoming wireless charging pad. It will include a charging pad, drivers can install in their garage and drive over to provide a power supply with rates up to 3.2 kW.
The prototype shown now uses a base plate with an integrated primary coil. It can charge the lithium-ion battery of the car in combination with a secondary coil installed on the vehicle floor.
One of the unique points for this vehicle over some of the others is that this one will has the ability for wireless charging. When manoeuvring onto the loading platform, the iDrive system helps its driver with help lines and an exact display of the required position of the vehicle. Of course, the floor slab is designed so that it can also be crossed without taking any damage.
The other interesting component here is that BMW is offering its Digital Charging Service for the 530e iPerformance. This will intelligently charge when plugged in so that the car remains topped off for when it needs to drive. The service also adjusts the planned charging to draw power mostly during off-peak hours, and to prefer power supplied by the customer’s own solar power generation capacity.
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.
Getting customers excited about electric vehicles is in part about making sure they see that it’s also not going to change their lives dramatically in terms of their daily routine and how they use their cars. These charging technologies help with that, and wireless charging, in particular, should be a hit if BMW can deliver it as promised.