Have you ever heard the phrase “break the mold”? Well, Thule has done just that with their latest car storage box, the Thule Arcos. This groundbreaking product appears to defy the laws of physics by improving your electric vehicle’s (EV) range while sitting comfortably on the towbar instead of the roof. No, we’re not pulling your leg! Buckle up as we take you through this exciting development.
Aerodynamics: The Name of the Game
In some circles, especially those with a penchant for cold climates, there’s a heated debate about the aerodynamics of car-mounted cargo boxes. As the world shifts towards EVs, it’s crucial to be as slippery as a greased pig to squeeze every last mile out of the range. This has left the traditional roof box out in the cold. Enter a group of intrepid Swedish journalists from Vi Bilagare, who embarked on a mission to test various cargo boxes across 3,550 miles under different weather conditions.
The Great Cargo Box Experiment
Armed with a fleet of Volkswagen I.D4s, the journalists set out to see if the hard-shelled Thule Arcos could beat its roof-mounted counterparts and even naked cars when it comes to range. Spoiler alert: the results were nothing short of impressive.
The Surprising Findings: Thule Arcos Takes the Cake
The Thule Arcos box not only outperformed its roof-mounted rivals but also proved that cars with no box at all had shorter ranges. It turns out that both petrol and electric vehicles became more energy-efficient when fitted with the Arcos. In the words of a famous TV chef, “Bam!” That’s what we call hitting the nail on the head.
EVs and the McLaren F1 GTR Longtail: A Match Made in Heaven?
The icing on the cake was the revelation that the I.D4 equipped with the Arcos could travel over 10 more miles than one without any box at all. This begs the question: should all EVs take design inspiration from the McLaren F1 GTR Longtail? You be the judge!
The Thule Arcos: An Ode to the Onto
The Arcos, seemingly inspired by the older Onto, comes with a price tag that might make you wince – over a grand for either a medium or large box, plus the platform bar to attach it to your car. But hey, Rome wasn’t built in a day, and if it’s going to save you money on fuel or charging costs, it might just be worth every penny.
A Deeper Dive into the Thule Arcos
Now that we’ve whetted your appetite, let’s dive deeper into the Thule Arcos and explore its various features and benefits.
Have you ever struggled with loading your gear on the roof of your car, or felt limited by your vehicle’s storage space? Well, Thule’s got your back with their latest innovation, the Thule Arcos. This genius car storage box not only frees up your roof but also offers easy access to your belongings. Let’s dive right in and explore what makes the Thule Arcos a must-have for your next road trip.
Save a Pretty Penny and Maximize Space
The Thule Arcos is a real cost-saver and space-maker. Whether you’re driving a small car or an electric vehicle, this rear cargo box transforms your ride into a family-friendly car with plenty of room for all your vacation essentials.
Keep Your Roof Free for More Adventure Gear
By placing your cargo at the rear, the roof of your vehicle is free to carry other things. With a roof rack system or a roof platform from Thule, you can easily bring bikes, kayaks, canoes, or other gear you want to bring for your trips.
No More Heavy Lifting: Easy Access to Your Belongings
Gone are the days of struggling to load and unload your gear onto the roof. The rear-mounted position of Thule Arcos makes it a breeze to access your belongings, and you can easily get to the trunk of your car at any time.
Sleek and Streamlined: Say Goodbye to Drag
The modern design of Thule Arcos is not only a natural extension of your car but also reduces drag, thanks to its aerodynamic and streamlined design.
Hassle-Free Installation: A Piece of Cake
Attaching the Thule Arcos to your car’s towbar is as easy as pie, saving you time and effort.
Protection You Can Count On
Thule Arcos is built tough, with a hard-shell exterior that’s weather resistant, ensuring your gear stays safe and sound no matter what Mother Nature throws your way.
In Conclusion: Thule Arcos, a Game-Changer for EV Owners
In a nutshell, the Thule Arcos has turned the car storage world upside down. With its exceptional design, improved aerodynamics, and impressive range benefits, it has become a must-have for EV owners looking to maximize their vehicle’s potential. Although the price tag might seem daunting at first, the long-term savings and added convenience make it a worthy investment.
As the world moves towards greener and more sustainable transportation options, innovations like the Thule Arcos are crucial in overcoming the challenges associated with electric vehicles. By offering an efficient and practical storage solution, Thule has not only defied the laws of physics but also paved the way for a brighter and more eco-friendly future.