It was a rare opportunity, available to just 200 BMW customers in California.
In August, the German automaker said it would offer inductive charging pads to select lessees of its 530e plug-in hybrid, expanding to the U.S. a pilot program that started in Germany in 2018.
It's one of many signs of a growing interest in the wireless technology, which could help drive wider adoption of electrified vehicles globally.
Wireless vehicle charging is similar to wireless phone charging. To begin a session, the vehicle is parked over a pad.
WiTricity, a U.S.-based company that specializes in wireless power transfer over distances, has partnered with Green Power, a South Korea-based supplier of wireless charging systems, in a push to become a global supplier of wireless EV charging systems.
WiTricity is behind a combination wireless charging system and automated valet parking system unveiled by Hyundai Motor Co. and Kia Motors Corp. in a video released in January. The automakers plan to commercialize the technology with the launch of a Level 4 autonomous vehicle around 2025.
Lexus highlighted its plans to produce electric vehicles with wireless charging capabilities with the debut of its LF-30 concept at this year's Tokyo Motor Show.
To date, the BMW wireless EV charging pilot project is the only one of its kind in the U.S.