BMW extends pilot program for wireless inductive charging to San Francisco Bay Area

August 15th, 2019 by
  • Global pilot charging program began in Germany in 2018.
  • U.S. test limited to 200 pilot program vehicles available to eligible California residents.
  • Special 2019 530e PHEV Sedan Induction Charging lease package.Woodcliff Lake, NJ – August 9, 2019…Today, BMW is pleased to announce the U.S. Market extension of BMW’s global Induction Charging Pilot Program. The pilot program began in Germany in 2018 and has recently expanded to include the U.S.530e Wireless Charging

    The pilot program is available in the state of California for 200 interested, qualifying residential home customers who are able to charge inside an enclosed garage space. Availability is based on 200-equally equipped 530e program lease vehicles. The pre-qualification process begins with an online questionnaire at to help determine location suitability. The next step involves a 530e Readiness Survey about the garage and local electric grid. Approved participants will then receive a confirmation number to take to one of 33 participating CA dealers to complete the 36-month lease of the 530e Sedan. Qmerit will then complete the residential hardware installation.


    All costs, expenses and expenditures associated with the initial installation, maintenance and de-installation of the Ground Pad Module are covered by BMW. Participating dealers cover thirteen CA counties including San Francisco, San Mateo, Contra Costa, Alameda and Sonoma counties in Northern CA and Orange, Santa Barbara, Los Angeles, Santa Clara, Ventura, Riverside and San Bernardino counties in southern CA.


    BMW Wireless Charging enables electric energy from a main power supply, via installed GroundPad, to be transmitted to a vehicle’s high-voltage battery without any cables – when the vehicle is positioned over an induction base pad. This can be installed in the garage, for example, and the charging process started as soon as the vehicle has been parked in position without any further input from the driver. The launch of this technology sees the BMW Group move another step closer to an infrastructure that will make charging the battery of an electrified vehicle even simpler than refueling a car with a conventional engine.


    BMW Wireless Charging consists of an Inductive Charging Station (GroundPad) and a secondary vehicle component (CarPad) fixed to the underside of the vehicle. The contactless transfer of energy between the GroundPad and CarPad is conducted over a distance of around three inches. The GroundPad generates a magnetic field. In the CarPad an electric current is induced, which then charges the high-voltage battery.


    Foreign Object Detection and Living Object Detection are part of the certified induction charging system and will turn off charging if something is detected within the gap between the vehicle and ground pads.


    The system has a charging power of 3.7 kW, enabling the high-voltage batteries on board the BMW 530e iPerformance to be fully charged in around three-and-a-half hours. And with an efficiency rate of around 85 per cent.


    Inductive charging: even easier than refueling.


    BMW Wireless Charging employs the same inductive charging technology already widely used for supplying power to devices such as mobile phones and electric toothbrushes to now also recharge the high-voltage batteries in electrified vehicles. The principal benefit here is ease of use, as drivers no longer need to plug in a charging cable. Instead, as soon as the vehicle has been parked in the correct position above the inductive Charging Station, followed by a simple push of the Start/Stop button, the charging process is initiated. Once the battery is fully charged, the system switches off automatically.


    BMW Wireless Charging also helps the driver to maneuver their 530e into the correct parking position with the help of a WiFi connection between the charging station and vehicle. An overhead view of the car and its surroundings is displayed in center Control Display with colored lines that help guide the driver into the correct spot. A graphic icon shows when the correct parking position for inductive charging has been reached. This can deviate from the optimum position by up to 2.75 inches longitudinally and up to 5.5 inches laterally. All components that conduct electricity are protected from rain and snow, and driving over the GroundPad will not damage it in any way.


    During charging, ambient electromagnetic radiation is limited to the vehicle undercarriage. The GroundPad is permanently monitored and will be switched off if any foreign matters are detected.


    530e Sedan Pilot Program Standard Equipment


    The 530e sedans specially configured for the Induction Charging Pilot Program come with a comprehensive suite of standard and optional equipment including:


    • Choice of Alpine White, Black Sapphire Metallic or Bluestone Metallic
    • Black Dakota Leather
    • Induction Car Pad module
    • Induction Ground Pad Module (Professional installation and de-installation)
    • M Sport Package
      • 19-inch M Double-spoke wheels
      • Comfort Access Keyless Entry
      • Shadowline exterior trim
      • SiriusXM Satellite Radio with 1 year All-Access trial subscription
      • Power trunk lid
      • Heated front seats
      • M Steering wheel and aerodynamic kit
      • LED fog lights
    • Active Driving Assistant – Pedestrian Warning with braking, City Collision Mitigation with braking, Speed Limit Information, Blind Spot Detection, Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, Rear Collision preparation.
    • Active Protection – automatic front seat-belt tensioning, automatic closing of windows and moonroof, fatigue and focus alert, post-crash braking.
    • Active Blind Spot detection
    • Frontal Collision Warning with city collision mitigation
    • Lane Departure warning
    • Head-Up Display
    • Surround View with 3D view Camera System
    • Rear view camera and park distance control
    • Sport Steptronic 8-speed automatic transmission
    • Moonroof
    • Power front sport seats with split-fold down rear seat
    • Acoustic protection for pedestrians
    • Ambient lighting
    • LED headlights
    • Navigation
    • Apple CarPlay Compatibility with 1 year free trial
    • Harman Kardon Surround Sound Audio System
    • Enhanced USB and Bluetooth plus Smartphone integration





    Seats 5
    Number of Doors 4
    Drive type RWD
    Length inches 194.6
    Width / Width with mirrors inches 73.5 / 83.7
    Height inches 58.4
    Wheelbase inches 117.1
    Turning radius feet 19.6
    Ground clearance Inches 5.9
    Shoulder width front / rear inches 58.7 / 55.9
    Legroom front / rear inches 41.4 / 36.5
    Headroom front / rear inches 38.8 / 37.5
    Trunk volume ft³ 14.5
    Fuel Tank capacity gallons 12.1
    Curb weight lbs. 4,297
    Internal combustion engine type B46B20
    Induction Turbocharged
    Fuel type gasoline
    Cylinders 4
    Displacement cm³ 1,998
    Compression rate :1 10.2
    Engine power hp @ rpm 180 @ 4,000 – 6,500
    Engine torque ft. lbs. 255 @ 1,800 – 4,750
    eDrive motor type AC Synchronous
    eDrive motor power hp @ rpm 111 @ 3,170
    eDrive motor torque lb-ft @ rpm 184 @ 0 – 3,170
    Combined power hp @ rpm 248 @ 4,000 – 6,500
    Combined torque lb-ft @ rpm 310 @ 1,450 – 3,500
    High-voltage battery capacity kWh / Ah 9.2 / 60
    Transmission type 8-speed automatic
    Gear ratios 1st / 2nd / 3rd 4.71 / 3.14 / 2.11
    4th / 5th / 6th 1.67 / 1.29 / 1.00
    7th / 8th / Final drive 0.84 / 0.67 / 3.23
    Reverse gear 3.32
    Tires, standard,  front / rear 245/40R19 A/S
    Wheels, standard, 18 front / rear inches 8.0 x 19
    Drag coefficient Cd 0.26
    0-60 mph seconds  6.0
    Top speed mph 130
    Combined EPA hybrid economy MPGe 72
    Combined EPA fuel economy MPG 29
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