Chrysler has announced it will offer wireless charging in its new 2013 Dodge Dart. The charging bin will work with MP3 players and iPhone, Blackberry and Android mobile phones, provided those devices are fitted with a special case.

The Pentastar says that this $199.99 Mopar accessory is an "industry first," but we'll take the liberty of assigning an asterisk* to that claim, as wireless charging has been offered as a third-party solution for some time now (even at new car dealers). This is just the first such offering from an official branch of an OEM. The wireless charging hardware isn't a factory option, it's actually a dealer-installed accessory, which means that buyers will have to pay for installation or do it themselves.

Either way, wireless charging is a very cool piece of technology, and Chrysler does deserve credit for being the first automaker to officially offer it throughout its dealers nationwide – asterisk or otherwise. Scroll down to watch a Mopar video of the technology in action.


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Chrysler Group LLC Introduces Industry-first In-vehicle Wireless Charging
Charge On the Go


Charges iPhone, Blackberry, MP3 Players and Droid-based devices
New Mopar® Feature First Available on All-new 2013 Dodge Dart


April 9, 2012 , Auburn Hills, Mich. - Look mom, no wires.

After being the first to eliminate heavy, bulky owner manuals from its vehicles, Chrysler Group LLC, through its Mopar® division, will now be the first to eliminate unsightly dangling power cords in its vehicles by offering in-vehicle wireless charging.

The company will first make the technology available on the all-new 2013 Dodge Dart that arrives in dealerships in the second quarter of this year.

"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.

Mopar in-vehicle wireless charging is available for $199.99, plus installation (part number 82213216).

About the Dodge Dart:
The new Dodge Dart hits the mark with a modern, unmistakable Dodge design which features great exterior proportions and unmistakable Dodge cues like the "racetrack" taillamps and signature front grille. The exterior not only looks good, but delivers world class aerodynamic performance and an agile, fun-to-drive experience on the road. The Dart is the first Chrysler Group vehicle built on Fiat Group architecture; it's based off of the award-winning Alfa Romeo Giulietta.

Interior comfort and style are on target for drivers and passengers with a modern blend of precision craftsmanship, exciting bursts of color and more interior roominess than some mid-size sedans. The new Dodge Dart offers drivers thousands of ways to personalize their car with 12 exterior colors, 14 interior color and trim combinations, 3 fuel-efficient engines, 3 transmissions, 6 wheel choices and 5 trim levels. Dart customers can choose a vehicle that fits their personality without sacrificing comfort or value. The all-new 2013 Dodge Dart offers the interior room of some mid-size sedans, class-leading safety, state-of-the-art technology and unmistakable style starting at a U.S. MSRP of just $15,995 (excluding destination).

Mopar-First Features
Mopar has introduced numerous industry-first features including:
Vehicle-information apps: first to introduce smartphone vehicle-information applications, a new channel of communication with consumers
Electronic Vehicle Tracking System (EVTS): first to market with a new interactive vehicle tracking device that sends owner a text when vehicle is driven too fast or too far based on pre-set parameters
Wi-Fi: first to offer customers the ability to make their vehicle a wireless hot spot
Electronic owner manuals: first to introduce traditional owner manuals in a DVD and brief user-guide format
2011 Mopar Challenger Drag Pak: first to introduce a 500-plus cubic-inch V-10 drag-race package car
Camper trailers: first to introduce off-road camper trailers
WiTECH: first to support vehicle diagnosis and software updates leveraging off-the-shelf personal computers and a dedicated wireless tool network

About the Mopar Brand
Mopar is Chrysler Group LLC's service, parts and customer-care brand and distributes 280,000 parts and accessories. With the creation of the Chrysler Group and Fiat S.p.A. partnership, Mopar is extending its global reach, integrating service, parts and customer-care operations in order to enhance dealer and customer support worldwide. Combined with Fiat S.p.A., Mopar's global portfolio includes more than 500,000 parts and accessories which are distributed in more than 120 countries. Mopar is the source for all genuine parts and accessories for Chrysler Group and Fiat S.p.A. brands.

Mopar parts are unique in that they are engineered with the same teams that create factory-authorized vehicle specifications for Chrysler Group and Fiat S.p.A.vehicles - a direct connection that no other aftermarket parts company can provide. A complete list of Mopar accessories and performance parts is available at http://www.mopar.com.

75 Years of Mopar
Mopar (a simple contraction of the words MOtor and PARts) was trademarked for antifreeze product in 1937. The Mopar brand made its mark in the 1960s - the muscle-car era. The Chrysler Corporation built race-ready Dodge and Plymouth "package cars" equipped with special high-performance parts. Mopar carried a line of "special parts" for super-stock drag racers and developed its racing parts division called Mopar Performance Parts to enhance speed and handling for both road and racing use. The brand has expanded to include technical assistance and customer support.


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      Bill Burke
      • 2 Years Ago
      The amount of content standard and available in the Dodge Dart is impressive. No doubt Dodge is serious about this compact and is not looking to be a marginal player but THE segment leader. I well remember the good old days when everyone either owned a Dodge Dart, had a relative who did and most certianly at least a friend who did own one. The new Dart may have that same "magic".
      ken
      • 2 Years Ago
      That shifter looks fantastic.
      HaterSlayer
      • 2 Years Ago
      I'd bet in the next gen of cars this will be fairly common. So with this and bluetooth audio you could get charging and streaming music just by putting your phone down
      omgcool
      • 2 Years Ago
      How efficient is inductive charging? Good for Chrysler to innovate, especially in the mobile device regard.
      Jeremy Pennini
      • 2 Years Ago
      That's awesome! So long as the media streaming works via bluetooth.
      whofan
      • 2 Years Ago
      I see this car as a test mule at my local Walmart parking lot. It`s a bad ass looking car. Hope it is a great car. I would like one of these with the stick. Looks like it will be a blast to drive .
      WillieD
      • 2 Years Ago
      This is one of the better applications of this technology. Though it would be nice if the charging contacts were already built into all phones.
      F1
      • 2 Years Ago
      i have charger that i leave in the car because thats where you actually need it most...i think this is a great idea that other car makers will follow.
      StaceyS
      • 2 Years Ago
      Palm Pre's have had wireless induction charging since 2009. I rigged up one of my Touchstones to fit in a plastic cup which fits in a cup holder. I plug it in with the 12v outlet. The magnet in the Touchstone holds the phone in place and I can stream music and phone calls over my car's built in Bluetooth. Works really well. I hope more companies start building in this feature. Its really handy!
        turbomonkey2k
        • 2 Years Ago
        @StaceyS
        Yeah, Palm Pre was cool but this is not an inductive charging pad. The pad has metallic strips and the phone sleeve has an array of metallic contacts.
      c2100
      • 2 Years Ago
      Should be a big seller http://www.flickr.com/photos/d70w7/6899047358/
      Bryant Keith
      • 2 Years Ago
      and no doubt being a Chrysler product this accessory will probably catch fire and burn the occupants alive, Fight Club style. I mean it works for the Chevy Volt and people still buy those POS so who knows.
        Arthur Dunning III
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Bryant Keith
        I thought it was common knowledge that Chrysler addressed its quality problems after Fiat SpA took over. Apparently I was mistaken.
      Dark Gnat
      • 2 Years Ago
      So Chrysler is offering something that must be installed at the dealership, and claiming it's an industry first...even though other brands offer the same thing at dealerships already. Nice!
        Arthur Dunning III
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Dark Gnat
        As Mr. Paukert pointed out, this is the first such offering from an official branch of an OEM, so this still qualifies as an industry first.
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