Canoo is trying to combine three distinct vehicles into one. It wants to start producing the Anyroad EV to function off-road, as an RV, and as a city car. These are typical design school dreams but are too disparate to ever reach production. Yet, designer Jerrick Chow thinks it could.
The Canoo Anyroad combines three functions into one
What you’re seeing is a concept for a two-seat city car with a detachable trailer. With the trailer removed this morphs into a city car. Thus, it completely sheds weight and towing complications to become just a “lifestyle” around-town car.
Chow sees the Anyroad as the perfect weekend glamping vehicle for owners living and working in metropolitan areas. He calls it “a limited sport recreational vehicle featuring a small size all-road platform and form-fitted trailer targeting a niche market of Canoo fans.”
You can sleep and eat inside of the Canoo Anyroad trailer
The living area is designed for two people. Appointments are limited, but gives more than throwing a tent into the back of your Subaru. A bed, storage space, luggage compartment, and fold-down table are the main features. There is also room to store food and cooking accouterments.
The trailer also expands up for added space when in use. As Canoo headlights are detachable, they provide a second function as lighting for the RV inside. An added advantage is that combined it is still small enough to fit into a garage.
Range is anticipated to be 600 miles from two battery packs
It is envisioned to use dual motors and dual battery packs. The first pack powers the front half with the second battery pack in the trailer. It can be used to provide a range of 600 miles based on estimates.
These types of design exercises challenge the mind and give manufacturers future features and ideas to shoot for. Chow does not work for Canoo, so this is just a speculative study. Still, it makes sense on a number of fronts.
The downside would obviously be the cost. It could potentially cost as much as a truck and trailer rig or RV. But there are no storage fees on one end. And a compact unit like this can get deeper into the woods, literally.
Canoo has too much to do to take on another vehicle like the Anyroad
It could be worth it for a company to prototype one to prove the concept and functions. But not Canoo. As of now, the EV company is planning to produce a city car, sports sedan, multi-purpose delivery van, and a pickup truck. All of these variants would be based on Canoo’s electric platform.
So Canoo has a lot to do when you factor in manufacturing, service and parts distribution, charging facilities, and so much more. It really can’t absorb a speculative car/camper/off-road vehicle too. But the hope that something like this might someday be available does have its place. Thanks to autoevolution for the tip.