Recently, BMW received the Green Car Journal’s Green Car Technology of the Year Award for the company’s cutting-edge Inductive Charging Pilot Program. The program allows participating BMW customers to test the wireless inductive technology to charge their vehicles eliminating the need for plug in charging. The program also makes BMW the first automotive manufacturer to allow consumers to use this technology.
“BMW Wireless Charging represents a milestone in the evolution of vehicle electrification, making owning and driving a plug-in hybrid vehicle an even more seamless experience,” said Ron Cogan, Editor and Publisher of Green Car Journal, “Today’s pairing of BMW’s innovative inductive charging and 530e plug-in hybrid illustrates how the future of automatic electric vehicle charging can be as simple as parking your car. It’s a deserving winner of 2020 Green Car Technology of the Year™.”
Starting in Germany, the Inductive Charging Pilot Program expanded to the US in mid-2019 and became available to select residential home customers in California. The Wireless Charging is made up of an Inductive Charging Station otherwise known as the GroundPad and a secondary vehicle component known as the CarPad, that is fixed to the underside of the vehicle. The contactless transfer of energy between the GroundPad and CarPad work together to generate a magnetic field, which allows for the safe transfer of energy with a high efficiency rate.
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