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BMW Wireless Charging Available in California

In a pilot program which began in Germany during 2018, BMW's Induction Charging system is expanding to the United States. More specifically, 200 qualified BMW owners in select California markets are eligible to participate in the program. All costs associated with installation, maintenance, and de-installation of the induction charging system are paid by BMW. Customers in the following counties are potentially eligible to participate in the program: Los Angeles, Orange, Santa Barbara, San Bernardino, Riverside, Ventura, Santa Clara, San Francisco, San Mateo, Contra Costa, Alameda, and Sonoma. Surprisingly, San Diego is absent from the eligible counties.

BMW's Induction Charging system functions via a two-part system. An Inductive Charging System (GroundPad), can be installed indoors or outdoors, and power is transferred through magnetic energy which is received by a CarPad that is installedon the under-carriage of the vehicle. The 3.2kW system can fully charge a BMW 530e in roughly 3.5 hours. In case you are wondering, the CarPad is fully weather proof and is designed to be driven over without causing damage. To assist drivers, a WiFi connection between the system and the vehicle provides visual assistance on the Control Display to ensure the vehicle is optimally positioned.

If you are interested in applying to participate in the pilot program, visit to begin the application process.   

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