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Imagine charging your car without plugging it in

03/11/2017
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BMW has designed a giant wireless charging pad which charges electric cars without the need to plug them in.

BMW Electric cars charging pad

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This new device could revolutionise the way we think about electric car charging, you can charge your car simply by parking over the top of the pad.

It has several inbuilt sensors that connect to the display inside your car so you can perfectly park for optimal charging each time. Once parked, the pad is engaged and it will start charging your car wirelessly. 

According to BMW, the 9.4kWh battery 530e can be charged in about 3.5 hours at 3.2kW of power, similar to the time it would take if you plugged the car in with a cord.

The pad has currently been designed for the 530E iPerformance hybrid, but if successful it could be applied to other cars in the BMW range.

BMW Electirc car charging pad
(Image via BMW)

The pad will be released to the European market in early 2018, but before it can be released in the UK it will have to meet a range of governmental requirements.
 
Wireless inductive charging provides an even and stable charge to devices without the need for directly connecting the devices to a power source.

Wireless charging generally uses electromagnetic fields to transfer power from the transmitting source to the device whether it is a car or a phone.

If you are interested in a career in the automotive industry, have a look at what Fircroft can do to help you. 

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