A frunk is a cargo space at the front of the vehicle, where the internal combustion engine would typically be. Frunks can offer many benefits, such as extra storage, easy access, and improved safety.
In this article, I will explain what frunks are, what types of cargo they can hold, the possibilities and limitations of frunks, and some examples of EVs with frunks.
What are frunks?
Frunk is a portmanteau of “front” and “trunk”, referring to the cargo space available at the front of an EV. Frunks are possible because EVs do not have a conventional engine under the hood but instead have batteries and other components usually placed low down within the vehicle’s structure. This placement leaves some space at the front that can be used for storage. Frunks are not a new concept, as some mid-engine or rear-engine vehicles, such as the Porsche 911 or the Volkswagen Beetle, also have frunks. However, frunks have become more common and prominent with the rise of EVs, as they offer a unique and convenient way to increase the cargo capacity of EVs.
What types of cargo can frunks hold?
Frunk cargo can vary depending on the size, shape, and design of the frunk and the items the owner wants to store or transport. Frunks can hold various types of cargo, such as groceries, luggage, camping gear, or sports equipment. Frunks can also be used for specific purposes, such as keeping items cool, dry, or secure.
For example, some frunks have insulation, drainage, or locking features suitable for storing food, beverages, or valuables. Frunks can also be customized or accessorized with dividers, nets, bags, or boxes to organize and protect the cargo.
What are the possibilities of frunks?
Frunk cargo can offer many possibilities and advantages for EV owners, such as:
Frunks can provide more storage space for EVs, especially those with limited trunk or cabin space. Frunks can also allow EV owners to carry more or larger items that would not fit in the trunk or the cabin. Frunks can also free up space in the trunk or the cabin for other purposes, such as passengers or luggage.
Frunks can provide easy access to the cargo, as they are located at the front of the vehicle and do not require opening or closing the rear door or the tailgate. Frunks can also be opened or closed remotely using a key fob, a button, or a smartphone app. Frunks can also be useful for loading or unloading items in tight parking spaces, where opening the rear door or the tailgate might be difficult or impossible.
Frunks can provide improved safety for the cargo and the vehicle, as they are enclosed and protected by the vehicle’s body and windows. Frunks can also prevent the cargo from flying around or hitting the passengers in case of a sudden stop or a collision. Frunks can also reduce the risk of theft, as they are less visible and more secure than the trunk or the cabin.
What are some examples of EVs with frunks?
Many EVs on the market or in development have frunks, but some stand out for their size, design, and features.
Here are some examples of EVs with frunks, along with their frunk capacities:
|Hyundai Kona||27 liters|
|Tesla Model 3||88 liters|
|Lucid Air||283 liters|