The people at Winnebago builds a wide range of camping vehicles, of off-road motors on small camp trailers. However, their latest concept is one that could revolutionize the industry: the e-RV concept vehicle, which Winnebago just debuted at the Florida RV SuperShow.
The e-RV is a fully-electric, zero-emission caravan built on a custom Ford Transit platform that uses an after-market EV conversion. Winnebago says the concept is fully functional.
The e-RV has all the powered amenities you would expect from a camper. 350-volt DC power drives a water heater and a roof-mounted air conditioner with a heat pump. 110-volt AC powers the refrigerator and induction hob. The setup uses an integrated control system accessible to tablet or smartphone and provides a dual modem system for “residential-grade” wireless internet.
Series – as is often the case with introductory EV concepts – are not ideal. Winnebago says the e-RV can reach a range of 125 miles from its 86-kWh battery configuration with all the features running. Winnebago claims it will cater to the needs of a “majority” of new RV buyers; according to the cited survey data, 54% of new EV buyers will prefer to travel less than 200 miles back and forth.
Winnebago has equipped the e-RV to charge wherever it is parked. It can charge quickly (presumably up to 80%) within 40 minutes. It can also charge at home, campsites and EV charging stations.
Such a fully formed concept vehicle predicts a production electric RV, but Winnebago did not name potential production timelines or prices. It is also not certain whether a production e-RV will stick to its current power setup or use Ford’s electric Transit van, which is coming soon. Winnebago says more details about the e-RV will be coming soon.
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