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The “fifth generation” of family transportation

05 January 2017

The Chrysler Portal concept, debuted at CES, was developed to meet the needs of a tech-savvy, environmentally friendly and cost-conscious millennial consumer.

The Chrysler Portal concept (Credit: FCA)

The Chrysler Portal concept offers a future look at family transportation, one where a single vehicle is engineered to be flexible enough that it easily adapts to evolving life stages and advances in technology.

Developed with the millennial generation in mind, the Chrysler Portal concept melds the need for vehicles of the future to operate effortlessly in crowded urban environments. At the same time, the Chrysler Portal integrates with advanced technologies – in the surrounding infrastructure and devices brought into the vehicle by occupants – to minimise any discomforts.

Research shows that millennials want a vehicle that is socially conscious, incorporates easy-to-upgrade technology and it must be affordable. The Chrysler Portal concept was engineered to have the flexibility to help them adapt to life stages quickly and easily.

Designed from the inside out, the Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) design team took advantage of current and maturing technologies to maximise interior room in order to create its version of a “third space.” The Portal’s interior offers a serene, open environment that is calming and eases the transition between home and work, or outings with family or friends. Outside, the mono-volume form is a simple, clean and modern design.

“The Chrysler Portal concept appeals to the millennial lifestyle on various levels – it serves as a social hub where up to six can enjoy and it's also designed to accommodate millennials as they begin their transition into family mode,” said Ralph Gilles, Head of FCA Global Design. “The use of a mono-volume form combined with a battery-electric powertrain opens up a fresh look at seating and storage flexibility. The concept of a ‘third space’ offers passengers an interior space that is clean, modern and uses a colour palette that welcomes the passengers inside.”

The heart of the concept is its lithium-ion battery pack, mounted underneath the vehicle floor. The battery pack’s energy is rated at about 100kWh. Fully charged, the battery pack gives the Portal an estimated driving range of more than 250 miles.

DC Fast Charger adds 150 miles of range to the battery in less than 20 minutes, making stops during long-distance travel a comparable experience to that of today’s gasoline-powered vehicles. The Chrysler Portal uses an industry-accepted Combined Charge System (CCS) plug to connect to the next generation of high power, 350kw DC charging stations.

Entryway to autonomous driving

The Chrysler Portal concept uses current and near-term sensor technologies, along with advanced computing power and vehicle network infrastructure, for SAE Level 3 autonomous driving. The Portal is designed to accept technology upgrades that would let it operate in full autonomous driving mode, if desired by the owner.

In the video (courtesy of FCA), Ashley Edgar describes the engineering that goes into the Chrysler Portal Concept, revealed at CES 2017 on January 3, 2017.

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