Described as a 'distinctly American vehicle', but rather more distinctly Chrysler, the ecoVoyager is a four-door Detroit concept, seating four, that is styled to push the Chrysler brand language towards that of 'elegant simplicity'.
If you've the impulsion for a private jet lifestyle amid all this green shiznay, then Chrysler claim they've developed a concept for you. And it ain't bad for the environment either. Described as a 'distinctly American vehicle', but rather more distinctly Chrysler, the ecoVoyager is a four-door Detroit concept, seating four, that is styled to push the Chrysler brand language towards that of 'elegant simplicity'.
At its heart, both in concept and in aesthetic design, is that of a new powertrain. The system of both hyrdrogen fuel cell and electric motor work in unison to provide a no-emissions range of in excess of 300 miles, while with the removal of a conventional powertrain unit, design features such as a dramatically reduced front overhang have been penned.
Providing drive to the ecoVoyager is an electric motor generating 200 kw (or 268 hp) with power principally provided via a lithium-ion battery pack. The technology enables a consumer's typical daily grind of some 40 miles, while through regenerative braking, a process allowing for otherwise lost energy during braking to be re-used, range is increased.
But it is a supporting hydrogen fuel cell unit that brings the ecoVoyager to its dramatic 300 mile mark, which like the under-floor located electric motor, is also beneath the cabin, allowing greater interior space and the ecoVoyager's reduced front overhang design. Again, like its no-emissions electric counterpart, the hydrogen fuel cell also produces none, emitting only its water vapour waste product.
Waving in a design for optimal aerodynamic efficiency, the new concept features a one-box design with tight front and rear overhangs. And the ecoVoyager's elements are visually harmonious. Be it the spine that dissects the vehicle from the trapezoidal grille shape to the similarly-formed rear and backlights, the new concept car is visually expressive at every line.
Inside, where Chrysler place much of the emphasis on the concept, the powertrain even has its way with the cabin, which by being placed underfloor, allows for the greater provision of space in the general environment and in legroom. But it is 'effortless luxury', by way of the effortless reach of switchgear and technology, that too defines the ecoVoyager's interior concept.
Featuring no B-pillars and a panoramic glass sunroof, both simplicity and airiness is the key in the cabin, using simplistic forms for 'visual elegance and to avoid distracting surfaces'. A soft Dove Gray interior colour with accents in a warm cherry wood promote a relaxed environment. Read the attached Press Release for all the interior's quirks, including a 20-bottle holder in the rear armrest and a screen that allows the front passenger to watch a movie without its moving images distracting the driver.