BMW is experimenting with infrared heating systems for future cars, warming occupants in a more fuel-efficient and precise manner, and thus potentially extending the range of hybrids and EVs, according to a article.The system bypasses traditional warm-air vents in favor of infrared heating surfaces that warm passengers directly. BMW claims the system can have you toasty in just 60 seconds.

Even if a car was still fitted with the existing style of HVAC system, BMW suggests that the infrared tech could be an added extra, similar to heated seats, and allow passengers to more directly control their own comfort.