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Chrysler Portal: The millennial mini minivan

In its first concept car shown at CES, Chrysler unveiled the Portal, an electric minivan designed for the future, which in this case means the millennial generation.

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Chrysler unveiled its Portal concept at CES 2017, a minivan designed for millennials. As its primary design element, Chrysler emphasized the door openings in the sides, hence the name Portal.

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The doors open sideways, creating a 5-foot-wide access space. Lighting elements around the doors can also be used to communicate with pedestrians or identify the car.

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The Portal measures much smaller than a traditional minivan, such as Chrysler's own Pacifica, making it more suitable for an urban environment, where millennials prefer to live.

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For the concept, Chrysler designed a new, luminescent badge.

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The Portal is designed to support all the devices that its passenger might bring in, with charging docks and Wi-Fi.

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An electric vehicle, the Portal has a motor driving the front wheels and a 100 kilowatt-hour battery pack underneath the floor.

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With its electric drive system, the Portal can go 250 miles between charges. And with its DC fast charging capability, it gets 150 miles of range in just 20 minutes.

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While generally a good-looking design, this bit of glass that dips down into the rear pillar looks like it came from the 1980s.

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The electric charging port sits on the front of the car, near the right-side headlight.

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The 21-inch wheels are typical of current concept cars, and could diminish in size if the Portal ever went into production.

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The battery pack in the floor makes for a low center of gravity and structural rigidity.

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Spherical cameras, instead of sideview mirrors, adorn the sides of the Portal.

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The interior seating is designed for versatility. The Portal can seat six, or the seats can be folded down or removed for more cargo space.

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