GAC, a Chinese automaker, has revealed its Van Life concept, the second in its "Car Culture" series, at the 2023 Milan Design Week. The Van Life is an all-terrain, autonomous, and zero-emission vehicle that was designed for long-distance journeys as an eco-friendly alternative to air travel. The van's futuristic design, with symmetrical one-box proportions, retractable flaps on the wheels, and full-width LEDs on both ends, gives it an extraterrestrial appearance. Additionally, the autonomous system of the vehicle utilizes the position of stars in the sky for navigation.
The Van Life is powered by a fully electric platform, with next-gen solid-state batteries providing extended range and reduced carbon footprint. Many of the vehicle's lightweight components are crafted from recycled waste materials like plastic, aluminum, and carbon fiber. The interior of the van features two seats and a large space at the back that can be effortlessly converted into a sleeping area. The "orbital frame" surrounding the cabin allows for the flexibility to mount or hang a variety of items, such as smartphones, table trays, storage compartments, bags, and even a hammock.
The Van Life is not intended to be a preview of a future production vehicle. However, it highlights the boundless creativity and imagination of the designers. As more people recognize the practical benefits and versatility of vans, they may become a genuine alternative to traditional SUVs and pickups. With technology advancements and increased environmental awareness, we may see more futuristic, sustainable, and versatile vehicles like the Van Life hit the road in the future.
📷: GAC GROUP