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It looks like the days of plugging in your mobile device to a 12-volt power outlet might soon be over, at least if you drive a Chrysler product. Beginning with the 2013 Dodge Dart, the company has announced it will be introducing a wireless in-car charging system.
The system uses a storage bin that measures 8.27 x 9.5 x 3.25 inches. Mounted below the center stack and in front of the console, it features an integrated charging grid that allows a smart phone or other portable device to be charged when placed on top of it (a special device casing with pins on it is required for your phone or other devices to be charged).
The wireless charging device, which will be offered through Chrysler’s Mopar Parts and Accessories division, will retail for $199.99 plus installation by your local dealer. It will be available starting this summer, timed for introduction alongside the new Dodge Dart.
Many auto enthusiasts collect memorabilia, whether it be model cars, old signs, license plates, coffee tables made from NASCAR tires or even scrap cars turned into couches. This kind of stuff is the perfect addition to those with a classic in their garage and gasoline in their veins. But how about wearing it? Well besides the obvious t-shirts and jackets, you can how have an auto inspired watch!
Equipe Watches now produces 15 different items with a Detroit automotive theme. Each of these watches even has their own appropriate name, ranging from Chassis, to Hemi to Octane. Features such as simulated tire straps, and faces that ape instrument clusters are just the finishing touches. One particular watch, the XXL (shown here) pays homage to the dashboard on big 1960s sleds like Imperials and Lincoln Continentals with a full width instrument panel and steering wheel. According to Equipe founder Jeff Freeman, “we wanted to introduce a watch collection that was authentically Detroit – one that pays homage to the great cars of yesterday and modern race cars of today.”
Along with a bunch of different styles, Equipe’s line of automotive watches are also designed to cater to different budgets as well, prices at post time ranged from $299 to $999.