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Dodge Darts Industry First Wireless Phone Charger

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On: Tue, Apr 10, 2012 at 1:33PM | By: Chris Salamone


Dodge Darts Industry First Wireless Phone Charger

For years now, automakers have diligently sought a solution to wireless electrical transmission. The technology has existed for decades, but efficiency has always been a problem – until recently. Although non-physical electrical vehicle battery charging hasn’t been perfected yet, smaller energy loads are having wire-free success. Chrysler just announced the introduction of an in-vehicle wireless charging system to be available on the 2013 Dodge Dart.

And, of course, the crafty folks at Mopar are responsible. So far the system will be compatible with iPhone, Blackberry, many MP3 Players and Droid-based devices.

“At Mopar, we look for every single opportunity to make our customers’ lives easier,” said Pietro Gorlier, President and CEO of Mopar, Chrysler Group LLC’s service, parts and customer-care brand. “Our industry-first in-vehicle wireless charging system is the perfect solution for those connected customers who are always on the go.”

The unit itself will cost $199.99, without installation fees. Of course, the big battery companies like Energizer and Duracell offer similar wireless charging apparati for substantially less money. But Mopar’s unit is integrated into the vehicle’s interior aesthetic and will look a whole lot more professional once installed.

Wireless charging happens once your device is placed within a power bin which is conveniently located below the dashboard’s center stack. While the bin will be sized to fit multiple devices, at 8.27 inches x 9.5 inches x 3.25 inches, don’t expect phenomenal multi-battery performance. The good news here: a special phone case is required for wireless charging to occur. Thus, drivers and passengers can store their devices in the same convenient bin, but select which specific gadget to charge and avoid inefficient or wasteful charging. One phone case will be included with purchase.

When the 2013 Dodge Dart finally comes to market, Chrysler will have officially adopted Fiat into the American fold. The Dart will be Chrysler’s first use of a full Fiat body since the two companies joined hands. Fortunately for the US, auto journos have already noted the many virtues of Dart’s Italian cousin Alfa Romeo Giulietta. Tack on wireless charging technology and a starting manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $15,995 and we suspect Dodge will have a new generation of Dart fans at the helm. Let’s hope a modernized and re-invented Dart is enough to overcome the vehicle’s former reputation for oil burning, unreliability, and rust acquisition.


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