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Dealer installed option costs under $200 plus install

Chrysler Group LLC has announced a new, optional wireless charging system for smartphones that will come first to the 2013 Dodge Dart. The wireless charging solution appears to be very similar to desktop solutions from Duracell and other companies that use a special case to transmit power from a charge base to the phone's battery.
Chrysler says that this is an industry first and the Mopar option is expected to come to other vehicles in the future. It appears the wireless charging system is a dealer-installed option that will be available when the Dart arrives in Q2 of this year as a 2013 model.

2013 Dodge Dart
“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 charging base plate is integrated into a power bin in the center stack in front of the shifter and below the radio and AC controls. The bin measures 8.27-inches by 9.5-inches by 3.25-inches. This charging solution does require a special case for the mobile phone and the case is included with purchase. There is no indication of exactly what phones are supported, but the iPhone is used in photos of the charge system. 

Dodge Dart wireless charge system
The price for the option is $199.99 plus installation. Installation pricing will vary from dealership to dealership depending on their labor rate.

It should be an interesting system for people who don't want to deal with charge cords plugged into thei power outlet inside the car.

Source: Chrysler Group

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By lightfoot on 4/10/2012 11:26:11 AM , Rating: 4
Is this really a feature that people have been demanding??

I mean, if it doesn't also have a refrigerated glove box, who cares?

RE: Really?
By Shig on 4/10/2012 1:21:34 PM , Rating: 2
They're running out of things to put into cars to differentiate themselves from their competitors.

RE: Really?
By ritualm on 4/10/2012 4:30:41 PM , Rating: 2
Refrigerated glove boxes? Screw those! It's 2012 and we still don't have flux capacitors.

RE: Really?
By seamonkey79 on 4/10/2012 5:57:34 PM , Rating: 2
Calibers had a refrigerated glove box option. It may have only shunted some AC into it, but all the same... been there, done that :-)

RE: Really?
By Souka on 4/10/2012 6:46:01 PM , Rating: 4
gotta have a refridgerated glove else can I keep my beer cold on those long drives....

By IcePickFreak on 4/10/2012 7:15:18 PM , Rating: 2
I have the feeling if Honda/Toyota or some German imports came up with this idea, you guys would be all over it. BMW could charge $500 for this and you'd likely eat it up and rave about how great of an idea it is.

Instead you have a domestic car maker with this tech, so LOLOMGWTF.

By ritualm on 4/10/2012 8:26:01 PM , Rating: 2
The idea itself is full of stupid. You need a proprietary phone case to be able to use that wireless charging tech in the Dodge Dart, assuming you bought that option. Aftermarket setups are nowhere as expensive as $199 + variable dealership-charged installation fees.

If people don't like having wires to charge their phones, they surely won't like being forced to wear seatbelts either. Face it, they restrict free movement too much.

Don't they?

By FITCamaro on 4/11/2012 7:39:25 AM , Rating: 2
Its the same kind of case you would have to get for a "wireless" charging base anywhere else.

By ritualm on 4/11/2012 1:43:04 PM , Rating: 2
If you have the PowerMat, you can move the charging base somewhere. With the factory-installed option on the Dodge Dart, you can't. It's stuck in the center console, you can't just rip it off the car and plug it into your home's wall outlet.

Chances are this wireless charging tech might be incompatible with existing tech being used on PowerMat et al. If that is the case, oh boy.

Good feature, bad price
By fleshconsumed on 4/10/2012 12:01:46 PM , Rating: 2
These cost nowhere near $200 to put in a car. I'll keep my trusty $10 charger instead.

RE: Good feature, bad price
By jRaskell on 4/10/2012 3:58:12 PM , Rating: 2
Just about ALL automobile options cost more from the dealer than they're really worth. This one is no exception in that regard.

Not a Dart
By jonmcc33 on 4/10/2012 9:25:18 PM , Rating: 2
That's a feature? Giving it a name of a well known muscle car and turning it into some eco technology car that we already have enough of? Not to mention, it's a Dodge. No thanks.

RE: Not a Dart
By FITCamaro on 4/11/2012 7:40:02 AM , Rating: 2
While it may not be a good tribute to the car of the past, it actually looks pretty sharp.

I'd rather...
By Souka on 4/10/2012 6:45:19 PM , Rating: 2
I'd rather have a car that works (eg, not Dodge).


RE: I'd rather...
By idiot77 on 4/10/2012 8:56:00 PM , Rating: 1

Wait, that's not funny. In fact, rather stupid.

I think the entire automobile industry has a repair rate of about 5% +/-1% these days.


By Beenthere on 4/10/2012 11:50:25 AM , Rating: 2
Smart phones for dumb drivers. What a concept or not.

Cue massive fail
By ritualm on 4/10/2012 4:19:18 PM , Rating: 2
How many people would buy a Dart just to get a charging tech that you can't simply swap into another vehicle like a car DC adapter when you want to switch?

"Installation pricing will vary from dealership to dealership depending on their labor rate."

Oh yay, another reason to avoid buying a Dodge.

It's a feature
By Nik00117 on 4/14/2012 1:05:51 AM , Rating: 2
It's a feature that you can either get or not get, if I was in the maket for a new vehicle I may very well end up going with a Dodge Dart because of this.

Redirect focus
By tayb on 4/10/2012 12:04:34 PM , Rating: 1
To the really bland back end of the car.

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