The ability to factory order wireless charging on the BMW 530e iPerformance is fast approaching, and with that, the German company has gotten a job on  educating its customers on how it works.

The 530e will guide the driver to park over the primary coil on the ground, and as the ignition will be turned off at this point, wireless charging will begin automatically.

The 9.4 kWh battery can be fully recharged wirelessly in about 3.5 hours using 3.2 kW power.

That rate is a little less than the 3.7 kW on-board charger, but the difference is small. And even still, a full charge only nets one ~16 miles/26 km of all-electric range.

We should note that the price of the wireless charging option is not yet known.

BMW Wireless Charging. Car charging in 3,5 hrs. without a cable.

In this clip, you’ll learn more about “BMW Wireless Charging”, the technology that allows energy transfer to take place without the use of cables. Wireless charging for the high-voltage battery will be made available as an option for the BMW 530e iPerformance from 2018. The system consists of a base pad with integrated primary coil – which can be installed in a garage, for example, but also outdoors – 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.

Wireless charging of the BMW 530e iPerformance

Wireless charging of the BMW 530e iPerformance

Wireless charging of the BMW 530e iPerformance

Wireless charging of the BMW 530e iPerformance

Bonus: BMW 530e iPerformance at the 2017 IAA:

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