BMW introduces a wireless charger for plug-in Hybrid 530e iPerformance
By: Fedora Atjeh | September 26, 2017
The forgetful ones will no longer have a problem if we forget to plug in our electric or hybrid car. Wireless charging is a technology that we have been seeing for years in our smartphones, and after several years of evolution it seems that it is already prepared to take the big leap into the world of the engine. The first to bet on her is being BMW.
The German brand is starting to test and advertise a new wireless charging system for one of their cars. This is the BMW 530e iPerformance plug-in hybrid, for which a 220-volt charging pad is being tested. The technology is still undergoing testing in the United States and Canada, and is waiting to be approved to start rolling in 2018.
But as you can see, although these chargers have not yet been implemented, BMW is already announcing them as the first car manufacturer to offer this type of technology. In this promotional video we see that the sensors of the car will guide you to park just above the loader, at which point the load will start automatically.
He also explains that the charger generates 3.2 kW, with which the small battery of 9.4 kWh of this car will be fully charged in three and a half hours. This shows that this type of charger is far from being useful for electric cars, which have much larger batteries that would take more than a day to charge. Even so, starting to implement this wireless charge is the first step before you go and make it evolve.
In fact, that's the idea. At the moment BMW will market this system in several countries during 2018 only for its 530e iPerformance. But among its next steps is to take it to other plug-ins hybrids of the company as the 330e, 740e and X5, and finally to its i3 and i8 electric in the near future.
With the introduction of this system officially, BMW may become the first manufacturer to offer a wireless charging option for one of their cars. But it is not the first project that comes up trying to bring this technology to electric cars or plug-in hybrids.
Without going any further, last year a company already announced the development of a unique wireless charging systems for the Tesla Model S. In this case the Musk company was not behind the technology, it was another independent, Plugless, the which was trying to market its charger for this vehicle.
But the interest in wireless charging in the world of the engine comes from far behind. Without going any further, Endesa was already testing in 2012 an initiative for wireless car charging in Spain. More recently we have the proposal of Continental, which this June also showed us a project to put on the streets wireless chargers in the parking spaces of cities.
Therefore, wireless charging for electric vehicles has long been developed by several projects, although BMW has been the first car manufacturer to take it from the design desk to the garages of buyers of one of their cars. It will be necessary to be attentive to see how the other companies reacts and if this becomes a tendency during the next