Long-haul tractor has all the comforts of home
By Gary Gastelu
China’s Geely has unveiled an electric semi truck with all of the comforts of home for long-haul truckers.
The Geely Homtruck will be avaialble with an all-electric drivetrain.
The Homtruck, built by Geely’s Farizon Auto commercial truck unit, is equipped with a full mini-apartment that includes a bed, shower, toilet, electric kitchen and washing machine.
Geely said the Homtruck will be offered around the world with several powertrain options, including all-electric, range-extended electric and a hybrid with a methanol-burning internal combustion engine. A projected driving range between charges for the all-electric version was not announced.
The Homtruck has a full kitchen and bath. (Geely)
The truck is being designed with semi-autonomous driving capability in mind and the company is aiming to have Level 4 hands-off capability available by 2030. It will have an AI assistant that communicates with the driver through a digital face projected above the digital dashboard.
The Homtruck will feature an AI-powered digital assistant. (Geely)
Geely is planning to launch the Hometruck in North America and other global markets in 2024, when it may be competing against the Tesla Semi, which has been delayed until at least 2023.
Tesla has not revealed a sleeper-cab style version of the Semi, but currently advertises it with up to 500 miles of driving.