A six-passenger minivan, the Portal "explores the possibility of what a family transportation vehicle could look like", said the automaker. There is also a unique steering wheel and no less than 10 docking stations for a range of mobile devices.
This appears to be the concept that Chrysler is going for as the company has recently taken the wraps off the new Portal concept minivan at CES 2017. Using neutral and gray tones for the interior means that the cabin has a docile, serene feel to it.
Ralph Gilles, Fiat Chrysler's head of design, said the Portal was designed from the inside out, with designers aiming to create a "third space" for the commute between home and work.
That compares with a 238-mile range for the Chevrolet Bolt, and 289 miles for the Tesla Model X - two electric vehicles that are on sale now.
Exterior LED lighting elements on the doors can be configured in a variety of colors to indicate when it is in self-driving mode, augment the turn signals, or just dress it up in the parking lot, where passengers can sit back and enjoy a view of the sky through dimmable glass roof panels crisscrossed by a carbon fiber safety structure.
Chrysler claims it will achieve over 250 miles of range on a single charge.
Fiat Chrysler Automobile (FCA) is set to unveil a new fully electric auto, while also working on an electric Maserati sport vehicle to compete with Tesla. The winged badge on the front of the vehicle indicates the current charge level.
The inside of the van is designed for autonomous driving, but Chrysler says that it would only launch with level 3 autonomy, which requires driver supervision, and it would be upgradeable for when level 4 and 5 are feasible. Using facial recognition and voice biometric technologies, the Portal can also adjust all its settings to a number of individual users, who can share their digital content with each other using the car's onboard network. The semi-autonomous functions are made possible by an array of sensors (LIDAR/radar/sonar/vision) that constantly monitor conditions outside and inside the vehicle. The 360-degree cameras used in Portal come from Samsung Electronics, and Panasonic Automotive provided other sensors.