BMW Announces Wireless Charging Option On The 530e

1 month ago by Mark Kane 14

BMW has announced wireless charging will be added as an option for the 2018 model year 530e iPerformance plug-in hybrid (test drive report here).

BMW 530e iPerformance – wireless charging

The 3.2 kW wireless system will be integrated with the 530e’s on-board infotainment system to show the charger’s alignment on the screen.

The conventional system of charging for the 530e (ie-plugging it in yourself) is rated at 3.7 kW, that can replenish the BMW’s 9.2 kWh battery in less than three hours using a wall box.

From electric socket, while charging power is limited due safety reasons/output limits, charging takes about five hours.

The 3.2 kW wireless system would take a little over three hours to charge the battery.

“In addition, BMW Wireless Charging for the high-voltage battery will be made available as an option for the BMW 530e iPerformance from 2018. This technology allows energy transfer to take place without the use of cables.

Presented by BMW in prototype form, the system consists of a base pad with integrated primary coil – which can be installed in a garage, for example, but also in the open – and a secondary coil integrated in the underside of the vehicle. An alternating magnetic field is generated between the two coils, through which electricity is transmitted without cables or contacts at a charge rate of up to 3.2 kW.

This form of power supply to the high-voltage battery is extremely convenient for customers and involves a charging time of around three-and-a-half hours.”

BMW 530e iPerformance – wireless charging

BMW 530e iPerformance – wireless charging

BMW 530e iPerformance – wireless charging

BMW 530e iPerformance – wireless charging

BMW 530e iPerformance – wireless charging

BMW 530e iPerformance – wireless charging

BMW 530e iPerformance – wireless charging

BMW 530e iPerformance – wireless charging

BMW 530e iPerformance – wireless charging

BMW 530e iPerformance – wireless charging

BMW 530e iPerformance

Currently BMW offers a Digital Charging Service that enables charging time management depending on tariffs and solar energy use:

“The BMW Digital Charging Service is based on two core functions: optimising battery charging in terms of both tariffs and the use of solar power.

With tariff-optimised charging, the service adjusts the vehicle charging plan to the customer’s electricity tariff, so the process incurs the lowest possible electricity cost.

If the customer has a BMW Wallbox Connect, solar-optimised charging allows electricity generated by their home solar power system to be prioritised for charging. Here, the system’s output data and the latest weather forecast are used to predict the amount of locally generated solar power available. If the necessary measuring equipment is installed, this information can also be used to determine what proportion of the solar power is not being used in the house at the time of generation and can therefore be diverted to provide virtually emission-free mobility. This enables vehicles with all-electric or part-electric power units to be integrated as effectively as possible into the home environment and the customer’s personal energy set-up.”

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14 responses to "BMW Announces Wireless Charging Option On The 530e"

  1. WARREN says:

    Wouldn’t it be amazing if they had these embedded into the cement of all future parking spaces. Everytime you go shopping you automatically start charging, No visible infrastructure and no cables to mess with.

    1. SJC says:

      That is the idea once standardized, with blue tooth the rates and charges are all done.

    2. James says:

      And along with being flush with the pavement, sensors that detect a gas car or non-inductive charge EV in the spot.

      Swiveling amber warning lights and a siren go off until the offending bugger leaves the space!

  2. MTN Ranger says:

    I think BMW is using the Qualcomm Halo wireless charging system. Qualcomm has worked closely with BMW in the past.

    https://www.qualcomm.com/products/halo

    1. Chris S says:

      It was developed in cooperation with Daimler. I don’t know if Qualcomm was involved.

  3. Hans Wurst says:

    If you can’t be bothered to plug in,
    can you be bothered to aim so precisely?

    1. DangerHV says:

      Yes, for many good reasons that don’t apply to you.

    2. SJC says:

      After 1000 plugs and unplugs cordless looks good. Same could be said for IR remote controls,

    3. WARREN says:

      Looks like a pretty clever car video and aiming system to me. Perhaps if you cant aim to get your car between parallel parking lines accurately, then this could also be a problem for you.

    4. pjwood1 says:

      So, put the seat up.

  4. Driverguy01 says:

    Beautiful in car guiding system! Next level to my Plugless for sure.
    I’m sure next gen Leaf will also have it as an option.

    1. CLIVE says:

      That will be Infiniti first, then Nissan will follow.

  5. Ct200h says:

    Offer it in the USA please , with 530e , X540e , 330e
    Etc.
    Make it reasonably priced.

  6. James says:

    I bought inductive fast chargers for my cellphone. Since Android phones are very slow to adopt Lightning type charge cords, it makes life so much easier than painting
    dots on cords to easily see which end goes up, or scrambling for my reading glasses. Plus fast charge which is sweet also.

    Works amazing for phone and tablet, Why not my car?

    Perfect. Make it affordable and fast. Plus durable so my
    wife doesn’t ruin it every time she runs over it.

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