2015 CES: BMW i8 demonstrates how inductive charging works in Las Vegas

Article by Christian A., on January 7, 2015

It appears that charging cables for electric or plug-in hybrid cars will soon disappear and BMW knows this fact very well. As a result, the Bavarian manufacturer is planning to offer charging cables as an option and at the 2015 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) it showed everyone how the wireless charging technology works on the i8 hybrid sports car.

Using a magnetic field that transmits electricity between a base pad located on the floor and a coil found on the underside of the vehicle, cables are no longer needed and you can simply park your vehicle and watch how the charging level of the battery increases on your smartphone app.

Back in July 2014, BMW and Daimler announced their partnership on wireless charging, which means that wireless charging is definitely very close. Regarding the BMW i8 shown at CES, the battery can be fully charged in just two hours, which is about the same time as using a normal cable.

Despite using the inductive charging, the BMW i8 only offers an all-electric range of just 20 miles or 32 km and a top speed of 75 mph (120 km/h).

For those who don’t know, the i8 uses a 1.5-liter three-cylinder petrol engine that produces 231 hp (170 kW) and 320 Nm of torque, as well as an electric motor with 131 hp (96 kW) and 250 Nm of torque.

The total output delivered by the hybrid system is 362 hp (266 kW) and 570 Nm of torque, which means an acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 4.6 seconds (0-60 mph in 4.2 seconds), while top speed is limited at 155 mph or 250 km/h.

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