BMW is introducing inductive charging in the US with the 530e
BMW is launching a pilot program for its inductive charging system in the U.S that will be available for 200 California residents. Those participants will begin a 36-month lease of a 2019 530e hybrid sedan. The lease covers all costs of inductive charging and pad installation, maintenance, and de-installation.
The unit consists of a GroundPad, which can be installed on a garage floor or outside, and a CarPad, which is attached to the vehicle undercarriage and is connected to the lithium-ion battery. The carís display screen helps guide the driver in positioning the car directly over the GroundPad (the system allows up to three inches of leeway fore and aft and roughly five and a half inches side to side). Once the car is correctly placed, the driver presses a Start button and wireless charging begins; the system switches off automatically when the battery is topped off.
The process to fully recharge the 530eís 9.2-kWh battery takes about three and a half hours and has a claimed efficiency rate of 85 percent. BMW says that's similar to the speed of its Level 2 home charger.
The inductive charging option will not be offered on any other BMW plug-in models; itís exclusive to the 530e, and available for leased vehicles only. Itís further restricted to just 200 cars and will be offered only in California.