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BMW 530e Now Available With Wireless Charging in the U.S. - MotorTrend

BMW has announced the expansion of its inductive charging program to the U.S. market, which will allow owners of the 530e iPerformance plug-in hybrid sedan to wirelessly charge their vehicle's lithium-ion battery. The program will be available only in California. Originally introduced in 2018, BMW limited the wireless charging program to Germany, its home market, before its expansion to other markets.

Spots for qualified California residents will be limited to 200 units, according to BMW. The automaker has also set up a questionnaire asking about owners' local electrical grids and their garage space to determine eligibility. If deemed eligible, the customer will get a confirmation number to take to one of 33 BMW dealers in California to complete a 36-month lease for a 530e.

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Qmerit will complete hardware installation in the garage with all costs and maintenance covered by BMW. Once the 3.2-kW ground pad is installed, an electrified BMW vehicle like the 530e can charge wirelessly by parking over it. Charging starts once the vehicle is over the pad and will turn off once the battery is full. It takes the ground pad three and a half hours to fully charge the BMW 530e iPerformance's 9.2-kilowatt-hour battery pack. If small objects are detected by the ground pad, it will immediately turn off.

The BMW 530e iPerformance plug-in hybrid is available in rear- or all-wheel-drive configurations. It utilizes a 2.0-liter turbo-four coupled to an electric motor, a lithium-ion battery, and an eight-speed automatic transmission. Combined output is 248 hp and 310 lb-ft of torque. On a single charge, the 530e can travel up to 16 miles in EV mode while the 530e xDrive can go up to 15 miles before the gas engine kicks in.

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