The weird-looking minivan in the photos is Fiat Chrysler Automobiles’ new electric concept vechicle. It’s called the Chrysler Portal, and it’s aimed at young people with families. The Portal makes its debut at this year’s CES. Although the vehicle is only a concept and not an actual production model, it hints at how Chrysler plans to change and evolve once it feels it has to go into full EV mode.

Chrysler Portal

The vehicle is certainly innovative, judging from the press release and photos FCA recently posted. The vehicle is that Chrysler’s solution to the future of family transportation. FCA doesn't seem to think this is too far off, but the sci-fi-looking ride seems to be ahead of its time. Apparently, this solution is one created for millennials. According to FCA, “Millennials are tech savvy, environmentally aware and cost conscious.”

We get that FCA is looking forward to what could be, but the fact that they’re trying to group all millennials into one basket is kind of silly. In as diverse a society as America is quickly becoming and likely will be in the future, it’s getting harder and harder to market this way. Targeting young people with families may be a tight enough niche to try this approach, but it might not.

Portal

Whether or not FCA is on the money in terms of where they think the future of family transportation and millennial goals and values will be in a few years is yet to be seen. It is nice to see the company show off a vehicle that’s a little outside its comfort zone. This vehicle could make them a player in a future that isn’t dominated by gasoline-powered CUVs and SUVs. While the future is unclear, what is clear is FCA’s specifications of the Chrysler Portal. Here are some of the details:

  • Expected total range of 250 miles.
  • Fast charge gives the Portal 150 miles of range in less than 20 minutes.
  • In-vehicle wireless network connects and integrates with smartphones and mobile devices seamlessly, enabling community social sharing.
  • Sensing technologies enable SAE Level Three semi-autonomous driving and an upgrade to Level Four possible if desired.

Portal

Aside from those interesting tidbits, the Portal’s interior has been dubbed a “third space” by FCA. The idea is that the Portal will be a separate, special place that differs from your work and your home. The interior is designed to be spacious, comfortable and uncluttered. FCA describes the interior as “an open and serene atmosphere.” That sure sounds nice, and we hope FCA can pull it off in a vehicle that’s a little closer to production.

Perhaps the Chrysler Pacifica could adopt some of the technology from this concept vehicle in the next couple years. Until things become clearer, we’re just going to enjoy thoughts of the possible future and spend some time sifting through the images of the odd-looking EV minivan concept.   

Portal

Portal

Portal