It’s Memorial Day weekend, 2027. You look around the seaside caravan park where you spend your vacation and see laughing children and relaxed campers. Across the site is the Airstream eStream. Beneath the shade of the trees is Winnebago e-RV. Across the road is a Mercedes EQV Electric Camper. There seems to be an electric motorhome everywhere you look!
Ah While this picture of fully electric recreation has such an appeal, for this Memorial Day Weekend in 2022, the possibilities for electric motor homes are relatively small. Nevertheless, what awaits the incomprehensible 5 years that await us in our imaginary scenario is not so long, and all indications are that the emergence of the possibility of an electric motorhome will be realistic and viable by that date.
After all, by 2027, the EV market is expected to grow by 33.6% between 2020 and 2027, with a peak of $ 2,495.4 billion and $ 233.9 million. Until then, Ford alone is likely to produce more than 2 million EVs per year.
It makes sense that eRV will be part of the growth of this electrical engineering industry.
For many people, long distance travel means RV. The electric and locally emission-free future of the motorhome sector faces the challenge of sustainable travel. After all, what consumers want, consumers usually get, and emissions-free camping is now in high demand.
However, if you look around the crowded village of motorhomes this summer, you will probably hear the rumble of generators. It’s not too calming or connected with nature…
Ecological camping is gaining in popularity
Staying in nature is beneficial for your mental and physical health. People who have had the opportunity to experience the beauty and charm of remote wild places often become proponents of the environment and try to protect fragile geological wonders and ecosystems.
As a steward of the natural world, you are aware that time spent in the wild contributes to environmental awareness. Eco-camping is a term used to describe a related environmentally friendly trip in order to respect and protect wild places for years to come. Ecological camps avoid disposable plastics, reuse containers, avoid products made using chemicals, dispose of all waste properly and stay on the trails.
Campers who make smart decisions to minimize the impact they have on the environment around them adhere to the Leave No Trace philosophy, which now includes zero-emission travel. Although this may involve movement primarily by manpower when hiking, paddling or cycling, longer trips are common. Eco-campers want more comprehensive emission-free travel options from eRV – in addition to induction hobs and electric refrigerators, water heaters and air conditioners.
An electric motorhome is well suited for a sustainable holiday.
Versions and concepts of electric motor homes
Arriving at a caravan site means purchasing bedrooms, placing camping furniture, kitchen and food in designated areas, lifting and placing chairs and tables, opening windows and connecting personal technological equipment. It’s not about getting there but experiencing a relationship with nature.
Or is it?
Traveling long distances in a recreational vehicle means traveling with all the comforts of home. Consumers who buy eRV want luxury as well as the latest battery technology and charging at an affordable price.
News about green cars looked at the North American Motorized Electric RV survey of December 2021. Of the 675 respondents who either currently owned an EV or had some level of RV experience (ownership, rental, camping or lending) in the last 10 years, 47% said would use eRV at least once every 2 to 3 weeks – some at least once a week. 97% expect to drive 3 hours or more before charging, and 45% say they will drive 5 or 6 hours from home before charging. Can the 300-kilometer fee really meet this expectation?
The most popular response to the expected charging time was in the range of 45 to 59 minutes, indicating the need for DC fast charging not only for products like this, but as infrastructure needs in campsites across the country. It’s a big leap from the typical 240-volt, 30-amp outlets in campsites in the US to compatibility with fast charging.
Here are some eRV concepts that seek to meet these plateau consumer expectations.
The Airstream eStream Travel Trailer concept: It depicts a world in the not-so-distant future where your travel trailer interacts with your towing vehicle to maximize range and efficiency, where you disconnect and use mobile devices to remotely control your Airstream. in a campsite and where ultra-efficient solar panels and high-voltage batteries allow you to take your adventures even further from the grid. Airstream says its large, safe car-class high-voltage battery bank powers everything from fully electric appliances to independent motors that allow the travel trailer to move on its own.
Mercedes EQV: If you are in Switzerland, you can order this electric motorhome right now. The Mercedes EQV has a tilting tent roof similar to the one made famous by Volkswagen. The conversion, carried out by the Swiss company Sortimo, is reconsidering a medium-sized V-class delivery with an electric drive. The EQV 300 has a range of between 203 and 226 miles, while the EQV 250 has a range of 132 to 147 miles. The price for an electric caravan is said to be $ 75,000. Solar panels on the roof are available at an additional cost. Klaus Rehkugler, Sales and Marketing Manager Mercedes-Benz Vans: “The motorhome market is of strategic importance to Mercedes-Benz Vans. We want to continue to grow here and play a pioneering role in innovation and sustainability. It’s clear to us: The future is electric, even in the automotive industry! ”
Winnebago e-RV: The Ford Transit-based Winnebago e-RV has an 86kwh battery and provides a range of 125 miles – enough to satisfy 54% of RV buyers, they say. Key features include a 350V DC power supply for the water heater and roof air conditioner with heat pump and 110V AC for the induction hob and refrigerator, which can also operate on a 12V DC power supply for added flexibility and convenience. Charging time for high-current charging stations is around 45 minutes.
THOR Vision Vehicle Concept: Starting with Transit, Thor’s e-RV features a battery, a hydrogen fuel cell and a solar roof, which increases the range to 300 miles. The video below stimulates our appetite for the eRV.
The latest thoughts on the electric motorhome
According to a Cars.com survey, 47% of EV owners complete 3 to 5 trips a year. Savings include not having to pay high prices at the gas station; preliminary planning and more frequent charging stops seem quite acceptable for this group of owners.
All types of e-RV are in the research and development phase: motorhomes, motorhomes, caravans, semi-trailers, pop-up motorhomes and motorhomes.
The standard Ford F-150 Lightning provides 452 hp and 775 lb. ft. It can serve as a mobile source of electrification, which is very attractive for campers. Many campers are considering ways to use its charging capacity for camp equipment.
Solar Team Eindhoven, a team of Dutch university students, decided to take a radically different approach to RVing when building the solar-powered Stella Vita RV. The prototype, known as the “Detached House on Wheels”, is a mobile home where you can live and work while traveling on the sun’s energy. Stella Vita produces energy through solar panels on the roof and uses this energy for driving and living.
THOR says that his partnership with ZF led to the concept of a travel trailer equipped with a prototype of the eTrailer system. Unlike a conventional trailer, a trailer equipped with the eTrailer system is able to move under its own power. Using a sophisticated sensor system, the speed of the trailer is adapted to the speed of the towing vehicle, which leads to a minimum loss of range.
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