RV manufacturer Winnebago reveals the first product created by its Advanced Technology Group (ATG) division, established in 2019 to identify and develop emerging technologies. It is a completely electric van camper style motorhome still in the conceptual phase, which the manufacturer refers to with the brief name of e VR.
A casual glance at any of the e-RV images is enough to realize that the vehicle is based on the Ford Transit cargo van. However, the donor vehicle is not an electric E-Transit, but rather a regular model with an electric powertrain designed by Lightning eMotors, a Colorado-based company specializing in conversions of existing vehicles to commercial electrics; currently building a fleet of 89 electric Transit cargo vans for use by DHL in New York and California.
The e-RV stores its energy in an 86 kWh battery that the manufacturer says can be recharged in 45 minutes at a fast-charging station and provides up to 125 miles of range while powering supplemental systems needed for a campervan, such as the vehicle’s water heater, air conditioning system, induction stove, and marine-grade refrigerator.
According to Winnebago, 125 miles of range is enough to meet the needs of most new RV buyers who, according to data from the RV Manufacturers Association, prefer trips of less than 200 miles.
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The e-RV concept is equipped with a full bathroom, a sofa bed and a folding table, and adorned with sustainable materials such as cork flooring and insulating wool wallcovering that protects the interior from the cold. It also features high-performance wireless connectivity via a home-grade Wi-Fi network thanks to a dual-modem router that Winnebago claims allows for high levels of data transmission.
According to Winnebago, the e-RV is a “fully functional” vehicle, but it made no announcements about its potential production, much less its pricing. Considering that a Winnebago camper van can now cost up to $240,000, we’re pretty sure a production e-RV won’t be cheap.