The Geely subsidiary, Farizon Auto, launched the Homtruck, an electric semi-truck concept, at the Beijing International Automotive Exhibition. While the vehicle has yet to be manufactured, Geely has stated its intention to start producing it and delivering it in 2024. Furthermore, while the vehicle is still a concept, Geely intends to bring it to international markets as well, including North America.
Geely Holding Group Co., Ltd. (Zhejiang Geely Holding Group Co., Ltd.), often referred to as GEELY, is a Chinese automobile company based in Hangzhou. The firm owns Volvo Cars, which produces both Volvo and Polestar vehicles, and Volvo Group, which makes both Volvo and Polestar electric cars.
The Homtruck is slated to have a range of 500 kilometers on one charge and can take six hours for full charging. On the other hand, Geely intends to increase the range up to 1,000 kilometers through battery swapping technology by 2025 which will also reduce downtime due to the order-delivery process. This will be further extended up to 2,000 kilometers by 2030 using faster-charging technology. The company aims to further decrease the charging time up to 5 minutes by 2035 for a better user experience.
The prototype version can travel at a top speed of 90 kilometers per hour. It is equipped with four high-powered DC motors and can haul up to 200 tons in weight. The cabin provides space for driver and co-driver, while the battery is placed below the car floor which can also be laid down when loading heavy cargo like construction equipment or large vehicles like ships.
The Homtruck has already attracted potential investors in China and abroad and plans to manufacture 30,000 units in 2020 to meet global demand.
During the Homtruck hardware and software development process, Farizon Auto’s engineers studied commercial vehicle drivers’ demands and fleet operators’ needs. As a result, the company aims to provide more efficiency throughout the business transportation network while also providing drivers with the confidence in their semi-trucks.
The Homtruck includes a bathroom with a shower and toilet, a single bed, a refrigerator, a tea maker, a kitchen, and a small washing machine in its cockpit. From the driver’s seat, an AI helper aids in keeping the operator aware of any problems that might occur around the car while it’s moving or stopped.