WIRELESS charging is something that is usually associated with the latest smartphone, but BMW has showcased how the technology can be applied to cars.
In a new video posted to YouTube, the German automaker showcased how its wireless charging pad can be used to recharge a BMW 530e iPerformance’s battery pack in as little as 3.5 hours.
A primary coil housed within the charging pad creates an alternating electromagnetic field, while a secondary coil underneath the car transfers the energy created by the field to the saloon’s battery pack.
All the driver needs to do is manoeuvre the car over the pad using the vehicle’s on-board camera system as a guide and turn the ignition off.
For even greater convenience, the charging pad can be installed in a garage, or outdoors depending on owner preference.
While the wireless charging pad is still in development, BMW has said that the technology will be made available to customers from 2018, and that it will also be rolled out on other models such as the 330e, 740e, i8 and i8 Spyder.
The BMW 530e iPerformance makes use of a 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine, paired with a separate electric motor.
On electric power alone, the 530e can travel as far as 31 miles.