Are there any electric RVs?
Lack of demand, range, cost, size are all roadblocks for RVs and electric campers in the US. However, in the last couple of years, electric vehicles have slowly been making headlines.
They’re still increasing their market share in the automobile industry. Electric cars are relatively rare and makeup only 1% of automobile sales in the United States. Cars enthusiasts and experts will agree with me that electric cars are gaining popularity and momentum.
Many analysts anticipate that the number of electric RVs will increase from 2 million worldwide to approximately 100 million in 10 years to come. Significantly, noise electric cars will be replaced with these electric RVs any time soon. One question that should run in your mind is: Will there be assessable charging stations? I think this one doesn’t apply. In this article, I will help you to answer this question: Are there any electric RVs?
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Why Early Hybrid RV Flopped
Around 2007, both Fleetwood and Winnebago introduced a hybrid electric-gas RVs concept. Even so, tepid market response and economic collapse led to the market crisis. This means that neither of the products went to market. A few years later, many RV manufacturers tend to shy away from what is believed to be an open market. Winnebago, Nissan, and Volkswagen are electric-planned models. But virtually we’ve not seen real electric RVs market in the US.
But I believe that RV manufacturers are planning for a future market. We would want to see more brands jumping on the board. It has become a problem because most motorhomes in the industry are unable to make their own chassis. Also, you’ve to consider the average weight of the car. Even small vehicles weight approximately 10,000 pounds. The addition of battery technology will push that weight.
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Electric RVs (Reality to Reality)
Smaller-van based vehicles in Europe take RVs concept and have a range of 160-200 miles. Given the US’s desire to get where they want, this is not enough for American RVs fanatics. Winnebago’s modern electric Class A utilizes all electric-chassis (Motiv’s EPIC). The vehicle is large enough (33- & 38- foot lengths). On a full charge, the car is expected to range between 85-125 miles. The vehicle will be ideal for urban applications.
Nissan e-NV200 vehicle will be available and will feature two configurations (a full camper and a Weekender sleeper package). The campervan has a 125-mile range. The car will be released in Spain, probably this year. On the other hand, Nissan is yet to announce the vehicle’s potential cost.
A small Germany company called Wohnmobile showed its new Class C Iridium Campervan during the RV show in Europe. This concept vehicle features a 187-mile range. Its price tag is expected to be $200,000. Some people questioned whether this electric RV would launch this year. Unfinished look and lack of fanfare are factors that made people think otherwise.
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This eye-catching vehicle will be released in the course of this year. However, there’s no exact date for a domestic release. Mercedes eSprinter has a 90-mile range. Our hope is to see it perform superbly. According to Mercedes-Benz spokesman, if this vehicle concept fails, then the second concept vehicle called Sprinter F-Cell RV could be the answer. The vehicle offers a longer age (300 miles). Additionally, it features a shorter refueling time.
Ultimately, future demand seems like a factor that could drive the development of Electric cars. Maybe the bigger price tag and electric car’s small size might turn to be the final roadblock. Not so many customers are willing to spend more than $100,000. On the contrary, they’ll like smaller electric RVs and Campervans. Let’s relax and wait.
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