The eStream mobile home concept is presented – it is electric, can drive without a car, and you can control it from your smartphone

Motorhome manufacturer Thor industries has unveiled the eStream electric trailer concept. In essence, this is the popular high-tech Airstream travel trailer, complemented by a number of innovative solutions. In particular, it can move independently, without the help of a car, and also supports remote control.

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The eStream concept is to combine a trailer and an electric vehicle in one product. The novelty is equipped with an electric transmission, developed jointly with the German manufacturer of spare parts ZF. Thus, eStream is a self-propelled mobile home. Moreover, the owner can control it remotely using a smartphone or tablet.

But autonomously, the trailer can only travel short distances. Therefore, it features technology that allows the eStream to synchronize with the vehicle pulling it to reduce tractive effort by engaging its electric motors. The trailer is equipped with two electric motors, each of which drives one wheel. The total power of the power plant is 242 horsepower. When disconnected from the tractor, the trailer can move independently over short distances.

The electrical architecture of the eStream allows the trailer to use regenerative braking to recharge the batteries. The system can also transmit torque or apply braking force to either wheel for better maneuverability, such as when cornering.

The trailer motors are powered by an 80 kWh battery. Combined with 900-watt solar panels, this is enough for about two weeks in a trailer without the need for recharging. The battery powers a range of high-tech devices, including the built-in smart home system.

In addition to the eStream, Thor Industries introduced the Thor Vision Vehicle (TVV), a mobile home with a similar electric transmission to the eStream, but based on the Ford Transit minibus. Vehicle batteries provide a range of up to 500 km. The machine is also equipped with a hydrogen fuel cell.

Both new items are still only concepts and Thor Industries has not yet announced when they will reach mass production.

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