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One day, in the near future, we’ll be able to take weekend getaways in an RV without fueling up. In addition to being more eco-friendly, there are several benefits of electric RVs. While this is an emerging trend in the industry, demand is growing and popular manufacturers are developing concepts for fully electric campers. As more brands and RVers think green, RV Trader has detailed four electric RV concepts that are shaping a more efficient camping future.

1. Airstream eStream

The Airstream eStream was first revealed in January 2022. This all-electric travel trailer utilizes groundbreaking technology and advanced aerodynamics to keep you traveling longer and farther. The eStream is powered by an automotive-grade, high-voltage battery bank that also energizes the in-vehicle appliances. 

This is set to be Airstream’s most aerodynamic travel trailer, with advanced sensors and stability controls so you won’t need a weight distribution hitch. Future owners will even be able to move the eStream toward a tow vehicle using remote-control technology.

Embracing the concept of a “home on wheels,” the eStream features in-vehicle technology and systems that provide the comforts of home. Even when you’re camping far from a charging station, you’ll still be able to use your RV’s appliances with the help of an expansive solar rooftop, as opposed to a loud generator.

2. SylvanSport Leading the Charge

Aptly named “Leading the Charge,” SylvanSport is developing what they’re calling “the first fully electric production RV.” This vehicle, set to launch later this year, is equipped with AWD military-grade axles to tackle off-road terrain when you’re camping.

The zero-emission adventure RV will have a class-leading range of up to 400 miles, powered by liquid-cooled permanent magnet AC motors. Despite its large size, weighing in at 14,000 pounds, this vehicle supports DC fast charging so you can get on the road quicker.

Inside, this RV will have a small kitchenette and, based on renderings, a makeshift bedroom. The exterior is outfitted with racks that can hold a pair of kayaks or canoes.

SylvanSport electric
Image: SylvanSport

3. THOR Vision Vehicle

At the 2022 Florida RV SuperShow, THOR Industries revealed a concept for the Vision Vehicle electric motorhome. The THOR Vision Vehicle is classified as a slightly large Class B RV, which is just smaller than a Class C. This electric motorhome was designed to accommodate all types of RVers.

The THOR Vision Vehicle features a 300-mile range, powered by a high-capacity battery pack and integrated fuel cell. THOR’s digital tools allow you to easily keep track of how many miles you have before your next charge. You can recharge at one of the existing (electric vehicle) EV charging stations, including the 240-volt service outlets that many campsites have, and conveniently locate nearby charging stations from your phone.

The THOR Vision Vehicle encourages off-the-grid camping thanks to a 1,500-watt solar roof to help keep your vehicle batteries charged. The manufacturer claims that campers will be able to unplug for up to seven days, while still using all of the RV’s appliances.

4. Winnebago e-RV

In January 2022, Winnebago revealed the concept for an all-electric motorhome. The e-RV has been in development for over two years. This will be a fully functional, zero-emission motorhome that utilizes an advanced drivetrain and battery system to also power the RV’s living areas.

The in-vehicle appliances, including the water heater, air conditioner, induction cooktop and refrigerator, are designed to optimize energy usage and battery performance. Winnebago prioritized using eco-friendly and sustainable materials throughout the e-RV, such as recycled cork-rubber flooring and woolen wall appliques that enhance insulation.

Flexible battery charging allows you to recharge at dedicated charging stations, as well as at home and campgrounds. The e-RV will be able to fully charge at high-current charging stations in about 45 minutes.

 

With rising gas prices and a growing demand for more clean, sustainable travel, electric RVs are the future of the industry. These four recent concepts could change the way we camp and road trip, reducing our carbon footprint along the way.

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Arielle Patterson
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  1. Great Ideas but lets take a few steps forward by having solar panels that can be applied like a massive stick on sticker to any part of the exterior shell so that at any angle the sun is at it can charge the batteries.. this could eliminate having to wait at charging stations and also be charging as long as the sun is up.

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