BMW is among the first in automotive history to offer the comfort and ease of wireless charging. Customers simply park over the ground pad and charging begins.
The technology was rolled out in mid-2019 as a Pilot Program in California and won the 2019 Green Car Journal's Green Car Technology of the Year Award. The program currently does not allow new applicants, but you may read below about the details of the program and the technology.
The Required Hardware:
Enrollment in the Pilot Program required two (2) pieces of hardware.
A BMW 530e with Car Pad Module (CPM)
• A limited number of wireless inductive charging systems were available
• CPM was installed as a factory option
The Ground Pad Module (GPM)
• Professionally installed/de-installed by Qmerit
• Required hardwired to home electric panel
• *The GPM compatible only with the BMW 530e
*CPM and GPM sync through Wi-Fi
Once participants were deemed eligiable, all costs, expenses and expenditures associated with the initial installation, maintenance and de-installation of the Ground Pad Module were funded by BMW.
Participation in the Pilot Program was only offered to eligible customers.
PILOT PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS
Residential California installations only
Available with Lease and Prepay lease contracts only
Had to qualify via the Qmerit Application to be eligible for the Pilot Program. The Qmerit Application screened applicant's home for installation and track usage and satisfaction during the pilot
Vehicle had to be charged in an enclosed garage
Participants had to agree to comply with pilot guidelines in terms of installation, maintenance and de-installation of the Wireless Charging Pad in their homes
Participants had to agree to return Ground Pad Module at lease termination
Qmerit has created a network of certified electricians to assist BMW customers with their home EV charging needs. Customers can conveniently provide information, get quotes, and select an installer entirely from their smartphone.
Qmerit’s network of installers have been vetted for licenses, insurance, background checks and helped manage the installation of the BMW Wireless Charger Pilot Program – from start to finish.