Yesterday Fiat Chrysler pulled the wraps off of the ground-breaking Chrysler Portal Concept – a fully electric MPV that is designed to serve millenials from when they are a single 20-something until they are middle-aged 40-somethings with children.
The Portal might seem like a shameless corporate ploy to appeal to the millennial generation, but there’s actually some very useful technology hiding beneath its modern exterior. The interior can be configured in a variety of seating and cargo layouts depending on the user’s needs, display screens can be positioned in various points throughout the cabin and docking stations and charge ports ensure all occupants can connect and charge their smartphones or tablets.
The Portal’s full electric powertrain is equally as practical as its cabin. A single electric motor keeps things simple and provides drive to the front wheels only and is paired to a large 100 kWh lithium ion battery pack. The batteries are integrated into the vehicle’s underbody, which is ideal for packaging and also helps maintain a low center of gravity. Range sits at 250 miles and when paired with a DC fast charging port, the battery can be recharged to 150 miles of range in just 20 minutes.
Furthermore, the Portal also boasts sophisticated autonomous driving tech that allows it to drive itself in certain scenarios. FCA engineers designed the car to be easily retrofitted with autonomous equipment as well, allowing them to upgrade the car as autonomous tech progresses or fit a customer’s car with the technology post-purchase.
With these progressive features in mind, we want to know if you think the Chrysler Portal is Hot or Not. We’re not fans of the whole futuristic PT cruiser look it has going on, but there’s no denying that FCA has implemented some good ideas with the Portal. Modular seating, mounting spots for display screens and self-driving tech that can be easily installed, removed or upgraded are all features we could see cars of the future having.
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