Chrysler is set to add wireless charging solutions to some of their 2013 line-up starting with the Dodge Dart.
Similar to the Powermat, the phone will be required to have a special backplate or battery door and will need to be placed on the special charging plate that will be placed in the middle console on the Dodge Dart. The difference being it doesn’t have to be aligned perfectly to work.
“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.”
For easy access, a seamlessly integrated power bin, measuring 8.27 inches by 9.5 inches by 3.25 inches, is installed just below the center stack and in front of the center console. The bin has a built-in charging grid that is activated when customers place in their battery-powered device. The unit begins to charge when the vehicle is started. A phone case, specifically designed for a variety of smartphones, is required and included with the feature.
The wireless charging option will run additional $199 or more and that doesn’t include installation. It will be available starting with the all new Dodge Dart in the second quarter of this year.