Impala’s Active Phone Cooling Helps Keep Your Phone… Well, Cool

Impala interior with active phone cooling

Impala interior with active phone cooling

As technology keeps getting smaller and smaller, one of the biggest downsides of downsizing becomes more apparent: heat. Laptops struggle to cool themselves as well as desktops, and the problem is even more pronounced with smartphones.

A bit of overheating is fine, but too much of it can slow down your phone and drain the lithium-ion batteries, sometimes permanently damaging them. During one of the many extreme climate tests that vehicles endure during the development process, Chevy engineers found that smartphones had a tendency to stop charging or to stop working altogether after only a few minutes in high temperatures inside a car’s cabin.

Most smartphones come equipped with ways to deal with this, usually by shutting down or by pausing the charging process until they have cooled down again, which can be extremely inconvenient for users.

To remedy this, the 2016 Chevy Malibu and Impala, soon available at Dale Earnhardt Chevrolet, will come equipped with Active Phone Cooling. These vehicles already feature available wireless charging, which Chevy has now hooked up to an air vent connected directly to the A/C and ventilation system. No more overheating phone, no more troubles!

Two Is Better Than One: 1964 Chevy Impala

1964 Chevy Impala SS

1964 Chevy Impala SS

How much can one man like a car? Don Rogers, a self-taught mechanic and restoration aficionado, has two cars in his garage: a 1964 Chevy Impala and… another 1964 Chevy Impala.

One is a hardtop and the other a convertible. He’s owned more than just two in the past, as he explains in the latest Petrolicious video, but these two are the ones he’ll probably hold onto for the rest of his life.

We thought we liked Impalas here at Dale Earnhardt Chevrolet, but Rogers takes his passion to another level. Both cars were sitting unused for years before he got his hands on them and he did all the work that went into them himself. Typically, these kinds of cars are driven out only to shows, but Rogers enjoys taking them out whenever, claiming that driving them is therapeutic and that if something goes wrong, he can always put them back together.

In fact, that’s what he prefers. “How can you spend 12 hours out there and work on those things all day,” his wife asks him. “They day just flew by… I don’t know what happened,” he responds. Rogers loves working on the cars even more than driving them or taking them to shows, which comes with a few advantages, like being able to add minor tweaks and improvements to make a classic car… well, perfect.