Following the Vision Vehicle by Thor Industries unveiled at Florida RV SuperShow, Airstream eStream concept is equipped with self-propelled trailer technology. The eStream concept brings e-drive that can self-propelled the trailer’s weight, remote controlled, powering the appliances at camp and also serves a s power backup supply at home.
“Self-driving” and “self-parking” are not concepts we originally thought about for towables, but three and a half years ago, Dethleffs opened the door on that possibility when it partnered with ZF on the E.Home Coco trailer, a dual-motor caravan concept that promised to greatly decrease the pull on the tow vehicle, boosting efficiency and range.
“In essence, we’ve turned the trailer into an electric vehicle,” explained Josef Hjelmaker, Thor’s Chief Innovation Officer. “Our technology also provides important features, including the ability to dramatically improve and extend off-grid camping, power electronics – even your home, operate the trailer from your digital device and remote-control park the trailer after unhitching the tow vehicle, all of which have been very well received and applauded by the RV community.”
The eStream is just a concept but company recent agreement with ZF shows that concept is being actively pursued by the company. Now its interesting to see who brings electric trailers first to the market as many other companies like Australian OzXCorp and German chassis specialist AL-KO are also working on this concept.
Watch eStream in action in below video.