BMW Wireless Charging: the Inductive Load is in series

With BMW’s Wireless Charging, the BMW Group brings to the Inductive Load in series. From now on, Wireless Charging can be used as special equipment for the BMW 530e iPerformance ordered, so that the BMW Group is the world’s first carmaker with an appropriate technology for Plug-in Hybrid in the series. Also available BMW Wireless Charging is only offered in China 530Le iPerformance on the Basis of the 5-series long version. Other models, including Plug-in are expected to follow in hybrids, of course, electric cars like the i3 and i3s in the foreseeable future.

The BMW Wireless Charging required base plate is called a GroundPad and can be installed in a Garage as well as Outdoor. Accordingly the vehicle is parked, it is possible, between the Groundpad and the vehicle underbody mounted CarPad, an electro-magnet to generate a magnetic field and the charge high-voltage battery of the vehicle, completely without cable connection. The Charging of the battery is even easier than the Refueling of a vehicle with a conventional drive and is simply initiated through the proper Parking of the vehicle.

BMW Wireless Charging works with a charging power of 3.2 kW, and power, which is strong enough, the Lithium-ion battery of the BMW 530e iPerformance in around 3.5 hours to fully charge. The overall system efficiency is 85 percent and thus already in the vicinity of 92 percent, when Charging with a cable. Of course, the GroundPad is monitored permanently on a contact with foreign bodies and stops the charging process immediately, if necessary.

When you Find the correct Park position of the camera and assistance systems of the vehicle, as well as a Wi-Fi connection between the GroundPad and the Infotainment System help. Colored guides help the driver in the vehicle correctly. The Loading is also possible, if the ideal is missed position by up to seven centimeters in the longitudinal direction and up to 14 inches in the transverse direction. Of the functioning of the systems, we were able to us about a year ago at a Live Demonstration to convince.

At the time, we also learned that BMW Wireless Charging will be offered at a price of less than 2,000 euros cheaper than the Installation of the BMW i Wallbox Pro. The official price of the BMW has not been known, it may be only a matter of a few hours or at worst days, because the System should be immediately available.

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