The idea of wireless charging smaller or in some cases, even larger devices is nothing new, but the Chrysler Group wants to be the first to offer such a system on cars through its Mopar division.
General Motors had presented a wireless cell phone mat on a Chevrolet Volt at last year's CES in Las Vegas with the intent to begin offering the system on numerous Chevrolet, Buick, GMC and Cadillac products from the second half of 2012.
However, the Chrysler Group seems bent to be the first to provide an in-vehicle wireless charging pad as it will make the technology available on the all-new 2013 Dodge Dart that arrives in showrooms in the second quarter of this year.
“At Mopar, we look for every single opportunity to make our customers’ lives easier,” said Mopar boss, Pietro Gorlier. “Our industry-first in-vehicle wireless charging system is the perfect solution for those connected customers who are always on the go.”
The system includes a pad measuring 8.27 inches by 9.5 inches by 3.25 inches that is installed on the lower section of the center console. A built-in charging grid is activated when a passenger places their phone on the pad, with the unit working only when the engine is running. Chrysler noted that users will have to use a special case designed for a variety of smartphones, which is included with the feature.
The Mopar in-vehicle wireless charging is available for $199.99, plus installation.