With all the interest generated by electric propulsion in the world of transportation in general, it is only natural to believe that the recreational vehicle industry will soon follow this popular movement. Already, the first achievements of the industry dedicated to adventure or camping in general are showing their face.
Indeed, Mercedes-Benz, with its fully electric variant of its mid-size commercial van, the Mercedes-Benz EQV, has just presented a concept in collaboration with the Swiss firm Sortimo. We’re talking about a vehicle that could see the light of day on the European continent. However, this transformation is excellent news for North American enthusiasts, especially since the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter is not only a popular vehicle in the entrepreneurial world, but also in the adventure vehicle segment.
The joint venture, which incorporates a bed, kitchenette and retractable roof, must be able to travel a fair distance. The EQV 300 van has the capacity to travel 364 km, while the EQV 250 version is limited to 237 km. It is likely that the autonomy of this “camping” version is reduced compared to these figures of the brand.
Winnebago also unveiled its idea for an all-electric van this week. The famous company’s first RV, dubbed the e-RV concept, was unveiled this week at the Florida RV Super Show.
On the outside, the Ford Transit doesn’t really look any different from the gas-powered model, except for this panel that replaces the usual grille. The problem is that the big vehicle would only be able to travel up to 322 km before needing to be recharged. Winnebago says its electric RV concept was designed to be charged at several types of charging stations, a good idea considering the nomadic nature of the vehicle.
The interior of the concept is typical of other vehicles in the industry, although the floor is made from cork and recycled rubber with walls covered in wool.
One thing is for sure, this isn’t the last we’ll hear of this idea to electrify the RV industry.