What You’re Seeing Is a Portable, Self-Sufficient House in a Box

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August 29, 2017 9:00 am

Going off-grid doesn’t necessarily mean roughin’ it.

With a few natural resources at hand, you might even be living large, as recently showcased by Green Cat Technologies. The French company just debuted an updated version of the sCarabane, a self-sufficient caravan that folds out into a living room and full-length outdoor deck. It runs on wind and solar power, and rotates 360 degrees on a circular track to harvest those sun rays.

Caravan (5 images)

The ‘bane features two bedrooms, adjustable shading and heat control on the windows, along with a fold-down mini-bar on the deck that connects to a full kitchen (which houses a dishwasher, fridge and stove). On the other side of the kitchen you’ll find  a dry bathroom, replete with shower and washing machine.

When not in use, the 5,500-lbs family caravan packs into a 26-foot long wheeled box. It folds up or down in about thirty minutes, and the unpacking (or packing) is only a one-person job.

While the concept that was initially started in 2013, main partner Fillon Technologies is now looking to develop the caravan in the near future. That said, it’s not currently offering the sCarabane for sale. So keep those off-grid dreams in check, for now at least.

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