Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne said the automaker could theoretically put the Chrysler Portal Concept into production within two years’ time.
The Portal Concept was first shown at the 2017 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas and is a fully-electric people mover with SAE Level 3 autonomous capability. It boasts a 100 kWh lithium-ion battery pack that enables good range of around 250 miles and can charge from flat to 150 miles of range in just 20 minutes using DC fast charge port.
Putting a vehicle like the Portal into production would be a logical step forward the Chrysler brand, which currently only sells two products in North America: the aging Chrysler 300 and the Chrysler Pacifica minivan. Chrysler’s partnership with Google’s Waymo autonomous car project, which is using the Pacifica Hybrid to test its autonomous car hardware, means the automaker is already closely related to autonomous, electrified vehicles that serve the sole intent of transporting people.
It’s not clear when exactly the Portal might arrive, but based on Marchionne’s statements, it doesn’t seem unreasonable to expect a production version in 2020 or early 2021 if FCA does follow through with its plans. In the meantime, interested parties could also take a ride in one of Waymo’s Pacifica Hybrid prototypes that are currently tooting around Arizona.