Chrysler Debuts Chrysler Portal EV Concept
Unveiled ahead of CES 2017, the Chrysler Portal Concept is an electric vehicle designed for, and targeted at, the millennial generation. The design is clean and simple, and looks as if you gave J.J. Abram’s Star Trek (2009) design team a crack at redesigning the Chrysler Pacifica. It even has “lens flare” – adorned with full-color, LED lighting on the front, side “portals” and rear-end that changes color and animation, complete with ground projection and portal lighting. The headlamps and tail lamps feature Thin Lens LED technology with adaptive driving beams. And to top it off, literally, it comes with a full-length clear polycarbonate roof panel, admitting natural light to all occupants.
Step inside the Portal, and there are more than 20 available technologies to connect and engage you. Adaptable and upgradable technology allows the vehicle to adapt to the times and includes facial recognition and voice biometrics that tailor the driving experience to you and fellow occupants – that’s right, the car tailors which features, music, and lighting you prefer, and you can even tell it to unlock the doors. The Portal can “hail” another vehicle using Vehicle-to-X (V2X) communication and integrates intersection crash warning, traffic sign recognition, and emergency vehicle approach features. Bring your device on board and share music, images, videos and more with enabled community sharing.
Not under the hood, but integrated into the underbody is the 100 kWh lithium-ion battery pack, capable of an estimated 250 miles of range on a full charge. Plug it into the industry-accepted Combined Charging System (CCS) to charge and update the vehicle. DC Fast Charging (350 kW) takes about 20 minutes for 150 miles of range. The Portal is also capable of SAE Level Three semi-autonomous driving, aided by an array of sensor technologies that monitor vehicles conditions both inside and out. The concept is engineered to upgrade the autonomous driving technology as it advances. Although production of this exact vehicle is unlikely, we like the approach and are excited about seeing what the concept inspires for future Chrysler family vehicles.
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