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Car Companies Now Competing to Build…Houses?

  • May 2, 2014

by Lark Turner

Car Companies Now Competing to Build...Houses?: Figure 1

This is General Motors’ new container home, a 320-square-foot, two-bedroom made from 85 percent scrap materials, including Chevy Volt battery cases-turned-bird houses and planter boxes. The 40-foot-long home, according to a news release, will be built by GM and Detroit-based Michigan Urban Farming Initiative. A college student will spend a year in the house on an urban farm in Detroit to “demonstrate the effectiveness of repurposed materials on dwellings oriented toward urban agriculture.”

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Weirdly, it turns out Honda and Toyota make homes too, and although theirs have a very different design, both are constructed with sustainability in mind. Toyota has been mass-producing homes for four decades now, according to Jalopnik, and began making them more sustainable around the time that the Prius debuted. The Toyota houses start at about $200,000.

In March, the automaker unveiled its “living laboratory” of “sustainable, zero-carbon living and personal mobility,” which will be based at UC-Davis, according to a news release. The house will produce more energy than it consumes, and a member of the UC-Davis community will get to test-drive it for a year, too — along with an electric Honda Fit.

Interested in a house that’ll really match your car? Here are a couple more renderings of the GM shipping container home to get you started:

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