BMW is working on a new wireless charging technology, allowing drivers to charge electric vehicles without the need for any cables.
Currently in development as part of a joint venture project with Daimler, the technology means that charging BMW's own i8 sports car can be completed in under two hours.
BMW says the system, which combines two coils - one inside the car and one embedded into the ground alongside a base plate - is up to 90 per cent efficient and can transfer electricity at a rate of 3.6kW. The current is transferred via an alternating magnetic field.
Theoretically, all drivers have to do is position their car over the base plate - which can be acheived via a Wi-Fi connection to monitor the vehicle's location - and activate the process from a button inside the car.
BMW also says the technology has been future-proofed to cope with more complex electric vehicles and larger batteries, and is capable of transferring current at a rate of up to 7kW if required.