Chrysler Portal Electric Van Confirmed For Production

SEP 20 2018 BY DOMENICK YONEY 70

Unlikely to be autonomous

If you were a fan of the Chrysler Portal concept that was unveiled early in 2017 at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), then you may be in luck. Automotive News is reporting that FCA has given the green light to production of the all-electric mini-van. The publication suggests that it will replace the Chrysler 300 sedan in that brand’s lineup.

In concept form, the Portal was blessed with a massive 100 kWh battery which, at the time, was said to be good for 250 miles of range. We would not be surprised to see it achieve even better that, depending on its eventual size, weight, and aerodynamic profile. Unfortunately, we also would not be surprised if the eventual pack was downsized a bit in an effort to make the car more affordable, though our fingers are crossed in hopes it might at least maintain that 250-mile ability.

Speaking of changes between the concept and the eventual production version, it seems unlikely the autonomous feature would be ready for full implementation at the time of the Portal’s 2020 rollout, so don’t expect to see a retractable steering wheel. Tilting and telescopic, probably. Completely retractable? Not yet, at least.

One feature we do hope makes the transition is charging speed. When it debuted in Las Vegas, the Portal boasted a 350-kW DC fast charging ability. By the time it reaches customers, the charging network currently being built by Electrify America should have a number of locations offering this level of charging power, making road trips even more painless than the current Tesla Supercharger network does for its vehicles.

Though it invented the mini-van back in the 1980’s, other automakers have taken away a good chunk of its market and mindshare over the years. The Portal, if successfully implemented, could catapult the company back to a clear technological leadership position. Indeed, FCA has already made an impressive showing with its Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid, so we know it’s capable of quality electric vehicle engineering.

While we wait to see what the production version might look like, check out our gallery below and tell us what features you think it needs to be a winner in its space.

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70 Comments on "Chrysler Portal Electric Van Confirmed For Production"

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CDAVIS

Glad to see another EV concept green-lighted to go into production but tip for Chrysler:

Delete 90% of the design detail going on with this car’s front end…less is more. While your at it delete 50% of the unnecessary side and back design details. You will sell a bunch more.

pjwood1

This was the car they were working on, in Detroit, in a PBS special where Marshionne approvingly inspects the concept, at the end.

He had it done, his way.

John Doe

Then it will look like a Model X. .

Cyrus Ramsey

Exactly. The Model X is a nice looking van.

REXisKing

Chrysler has had excellent styling lately. No excuse for this though.
They should be sure Google will buy something this ugly.

(⌐■_■) Trollnonymous

They should probably come up with a better concept. This weirdmobile design needs to go.

HR

Finally, an EV from Chrysler! And a good looking one at that, though the front door opening is a bit over the top.

Benz

The 100 kWh battery pack would be great in order to give it a practical range.

But a lot can change in the next two years.

Patrick

make it a 3 row awd that tows 2500lbs for under $40k cdn and im interested

Joel B

Given the current cell/pack prices that Chrysler is likely paying, I don’t see this happening. 🙁

amt

I like dreaming too…..

Cypress

PHEV Pacifica with 20kwh battery is about $40k US $50k for the highest trim level.

G2

In Canada the Pacifica PHEV is sold for $65K, which few new families can afford.

Mike
Actually that’s not true. We’re a new family and we bought one – top-end trim in 2017 (Platinum) with the sunroof and it was a hair over $60k MSRP (sunroof and paint colour added to cost a little). We love it and haven’t looked back. Awesomely, it was cheaper than the gas version with the same specs for us thanks to the Ontario rebate so it was a no-brainer – but that rebate program is gone now thanks to our regressive provincial government so let’s look at the current numbers off their website shall we? Right now the base MSRP for the Pacifica Hybrid “limited” trim in Canada is $56,945. The base MSRP for the gas Pacifica with the exact same “limited” trim is $53,445. That is exactly a $3,500 premium for the Hybrid which is more than covered by just one year (maybe two depending on how much you drive) of fuel savings. And that’s with no rebate from any province applied! Even without a rebate the Hybrid version is cheaper to own after just one or two years! Since more people keep their cars between 5 and 10 years the Hybrid is still a no-brainer. The Hybrid version… Read more »
antrik

In 2020, with no combustion engine but 80 kWh more battery, the price premium over PHEV should be $7,000 at most, if they try in earnest.

Cypress

The concept has three rows. Pretty standard for a minivan.

Benz

The real questions are:

“How many copies of the Chrysler Portal Electric Van will they really produce, sell and deliver annually?”

“Does Chrysler really want to grab some marketshare?”

Get Real

Well maybe with the demise of Sergio they will become a player sometime.

antrik

Actually, Marchionne finally set the road towards electrification a few months before his demise…

Viking79

Looks like something they would use with Waymo. Not bad, and would be nice with 350 kW charging.

Michael S

I love the futuristic “pod” look. Would be perfect for The Boring Company’s tunnels.

Don Zenga

Most of the glass/plastic in the sides and top will be replaced with metal and that’s what makes the passengers secure.
Great news if it really turns out to be true.

Fiat group has a new chief and probably he has taken this decision after seeing so many electric vehicles coming from China, Germany, Britain and of course Model-3 ramping up to become #5 in car sales in USA.

If another 2-3 companies join Tesla in volume sales, then every automaker will join the fray.

scott

Just stick a bigger batter in the Pacifica and call it a day.

Cypress

Would love to have about double the AER in the PacHy. 70-80 miles would be great.

Dan

I had thought of this before! Just stick another battery pack under 1st row seats, reroute the cables along the sides with hardened metal conduit will do it! That’s 66 miles AER!

Spoonman.

Doubling the battery since won’t double the AER, because of the weight. I think the AER is pretty dang good for a huge vehicle, and the next logical step is a full BEV.

antrik

There isn’t much room for extra battery under the front seats. Just look at over ICE conversions, such as the e-Golf: they use all kinds of cavities for battery, but generally very little or none under the front seats.

John

Put under the 3rd row stow in area then! Just provide a connector there for optional battery pack for the user to choose to install it or not!

Cyrus Ramsey

I like this idea. Electric cars don’t have to look weird. Put that 100kwh pack in the Pacifica, ditch the gas engine and you’re there.

Spoonman.

Our Pacifica Hybrid is fantastic, and I expect this will be too.

John

How fantastic?

Will

You mean Chrysler Town and Country

Dimitrij

Save the shape, ditch the décor. Seriously.

Taylor Marks

I would consider getting this instead of a Model X or Y if only it had FSD. No FSD really rules out any car of any type for me.

Cypress

Model X and Y don’t have FSD either.

tftf

FSD?

Maybe in Tesla’s PR dreams.

FSD (and global FSD approval) are years away at best!

SJC

What you want is all that matters, right?

TwoVolts

I like it. Doors are just as good as falcon wings in tight spots – but will be less expensive and less troublesome. I’m rooting for Chrysler to deliver a winner. Could be a surprise hit.

groingo

Lokks like two vans stacked one on top of the other from the front, if they were going for ugly, they did it!

Speculawyer

“Science Advances One Funeral at a Time.”
–(paraphrased) Max Planck, the scientist that started the quantum mechanics revolution.

Cypress

For good road tripping, it should get at least 300miles.

Brian D

With fast charging you do not need 300 miles. Anyone with a family is going to need to stop at least every 200 miles for a bathroom break. 20 minutes and your back on the road. Why pay for a bigger battery when it is not necessary? I like this car, the production version should be even better.

Doggydogworld

Last minivan trip I took we did multiple 400+ mile legs. Three teens and an 80 year old.

No existing packs will gain 200 miles in 20 minutes, either. Especially not for a vehicle this size with a sub-300 mile pack. Model 3 LR can gain 120+ in 20 minutes, but that’s a 300++ mile pack on a much smaller vehicle.

antrik

They claim 350 kW charging for the concept. Whether it makes it to production remains to be seen.

(400 miles between stops? You guys are crazy.)

Doggydogworld

Porsche Taycan is supposed to charge to 80% in 15 minutes on a 350 kW charger. That’s probably a more expensive battery chemistry, though.

Cypress

Great if they can keep the double sliding doors. Ditch the all glass roof though.

I like the minimalist dash.

BroncoBet

Looks great, sounds like it will arrive before the Y which should be a success as well.

antrik

Before Model Y? Fat chance…

John

I would rather have a minivan than an SUV.

Chris Hansen

Fiat Multipla on Steroids!

But I find it quite attractive.

Dan

Woohooo, in for one! I love the space and utility of AER minivan! This would sell well overseas to big cities with narrower roads in East Asia and Europe. Looks like a Mazda MPV length.

louie

Does this really look like something the average soccer mom will find appealing?

Cyrus Ramsey

It’s a concept – they always look outlandish. By the time it reaches production, it will probably look a lot like a Pacifica.

Ofentse Letsholo

100kWh battery pack should have delivered a better range. It’s funny people said the BMW i3 with the very same battery pack (but by LION Smart) doing 700km(435mil) was overkill but this one is a joke. Why are these companies failing to deliver over 500km(311mil) but they have the money to help them achieve that?!. They need to remember they don’t have a big charging infrastructure so range is what they should rely on in the meantime.

antrik

This is a *much* larger vehicle.

G2

Glad this will be a BEV van, and because FCA is a LICE company, with a hundred years of experience, it will go on sale, on time, and hundreds of thousands will be made annually…./s😉

YVES LAURIN

Why does it have to look so weird.
Just bring a beautiful ‘normal’ design if you want ordinary people to buy it.
Unless you do not really want to sell a lot of them.

TJKR

Agree, another compliance car concept that is fugly as hell!

Lars

This car looks very sexy. But I think that the sliding front doors, if they are carried into production, will be problematic. Yes, it may be doable but does FCA really need to experience Tesla’s pain with the falcon wing doors of the Model X?

Kosh

Of course, now that my kids are grown and the wife won’t drive a minivan…..

And a minivan is not a fair replacement for the 300, which is a gorgeous car. I’m bummed, was waiting for that come out as an electric option…….

Ron Swanson's Mustache

Looks like the Tartan Prancer.

Reboot

Just misses the two fuel tanks

Seven Electrics

Sign me up for one of these, but it needs an option for three seats across the second row.

Stephen Comer

I was excited when the Portal was revealed last year. My only hope is that FCA will pay attention to the upcoming VW Buzz and offer an AWD option for those of us who live with lots of snow (and 2 motors would also enhance performance as well).

ffbj

Killing off the 300 to build this.

VV

AWD option would be nice.
Possibility to increase battery capacity down the road after purchasing… or even just to rent an « increasing range pack » would be a nice feature…

John

I think it’ll be a hit as is.