The RV is based on the Ultium EV platform from GM.
The BrightDrop Zevo 600 is the base for this EV RV.
The interior can evolve through time.
The RV industry is currently contemplating the electric shift in automobiles with a certain satisfaction. With the electrification of many commercial vehicles – just think of the electric vans and pickup trucks already available – the RV world is slowly turning to electric propulsion. And there’s no shortage of examples.
One of the most recent electric creations comes from American firm Grounded, ironically based at the Newlab in Michigan Central, Detroit. The project is sponsored by Ford, but Grounded’s latest vehicle is based on General Motors’ BrightDrop Zevo electric commercial van.
Called Grounded G2, the company’s new project has just been unveiled and can also be reserved via a $100 refundable deposit. The G2’s starting price is $195,000… in US dollars, of course!
The G2 is the logical follow-up to the Grounded G1, which is based on a Ford E-Transit. The BrightDrop van’s design, however, seems more appropriate as a residence for a couple or a family touring the continent.
The G2 benefits from GM’s Ultium platform, and Grounded’s advertised range is identical to that of the commercial vehicle, at over 250 miles or 402 km. Note, however, the presence of solar panels on the roof, an increasingly widespread trend in the recreational vehicle segment. These alone generate an additional 10 kWh of power.
Understandably, the base of the van retains the four-wheel-drive configuration of the original GM platform, i.e. two motors (one per axle) and a battery pack with a capacity of 165 kWh.
The appeal of the Grounded G2 also lies in its interior, which offers modular living space. Indeed, the cabinet boxes and other enclosures are installed on rails, allowing even the owner to change the layout of the interior. The Grounded G2 can therefore be fitted with a double bed and/or kitchen area, while an optional waterless toilet, queen-size bed or even up to seven seats can be ordered to accommodate a few extra passengers on occasion. Internet connectivity is also available, as is a fridge/freezer or induction oven. Like most RVs, the sky is the limit in terms of options.
The beauty of this modular interior is that it can evolve over time according to the needs of its owner. At a price of over 200,000 Canadian dollars, the Grounded G2 isn’t exactly the definition of an affordable vehicle, but let’s not forget that this is a recreational vehicle capable of keeping at least two passengers in more than respectable comfort.