Chinese automaker Geely, which owns Volvo, Lotus and other car brands, has unveiled a hybrid electric truck that it says will go on sale in 2024 offering all the comforts of home.
Released yesterday by Geely’s utility vehicle brand Farizon Auto, the “Homtruck” is named to reflect the fact that it is a semi-truck for hauling loads on the world’s highways, but equipped to deliver. some of the comforts of home.
“The design includes a full bathroom with a shower and toilet, a single bed, a fridge, a teapot, a kitchen and even a small washing machine.” The interior uses “soft-touch fabrics, durable plastics and bamboo grain materials to create a healthy and eco-friendly environment inspired by China’s peaceful bamboo forests.”
Homtruck’s kitchen Click to enlarge
Under the hood things get really interesting, as Homtruck can run batteries or a hybrid methanol powertrain. If operators opt for batteries, they will be redeemable at a network of gas stations on Chinese highways (rather than giving drivers time to brew a cup or do laundry while waiting for recharging).
Geely says the Homtruck will go on sale in 2024 but has a cautious roadmap… er… to provide self-driving capabilities in stages until full autonomy can be delivered in 2030. The registry doesn’t know if the kitchen, bathroom and so on will survive once the truck can drive itself.
The truck will be wired from day one. Farizon Says “Homtruck is able to connect to logistics network big data platforms to help drivers get the most optimal orders in real time, analyze and track deliveries, and calculate operating costs along routes. .
“In addition, the energy management system can also manage the Homtruck’s power or fuel supply for the most optimal economy performance and is able to recommend the driver optimal refueling or recharging routes.”
Or maybe it should be “resident” – given the amount of home comforts packed into Homtruck.
The Homtruck. Click to enlarge
Farizon also hopes to sell the vehicle outside of China, putting it in competition with Tesla, Mercedes and others who have come up with plans for electric trucks. ®