Wireless charging has been around for years in some way or another, but there's one thing that really keeps it from booming: incompatibility. Also, inefficiency. Although the odds are against it, Chrysler is pushing forward with an industry first: in-vehicle wireless charging. And here, we can totally see people adopting a technology where they may otherwise skip over it. The goal is to eliminate unsightly cabling from the car's interior and also make it safer and easier to charge your phone. 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.
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). A bit pricey, but worth it in our opinion. Now, if only other automakers would take notice.