It’s not on sale yet, but I test drove America’s first EV RV.
Admittedly, it can only go 108 miles on a single charge. It needs to get better before it goes into production, but he already has a fleet of 12 cars on the road and the real him will be tested by RVer.
After much hype at the 2023 Florida RV Supershow in Tampa, Winnebago unveiled its second all-electric RV prototype, the eRV2.
At last year’s show, Winnebago showed an early version. But this prototype, which Ford put on the chassis of his Transit, is far more advanced and, aside from its dire range, is ready to go.
Click the player in the box below to see a video testing this EV RV.
This EV RV looks sharp!
The first thing you’ll notice about the eRV2 is its streamlined look. Rows of solar panels cover the curved front of the transit from the roof. The vehicle itself also has custom wraps depicting van life scenes and camping activities.
As it is now, we are ready for a full-fledged boondock. Both the powertrain and the housing system are powered by electricity. Winnebago has partnered with Lithionics Battery featuring a usable 48V system with over 15,000 watt hours. The solar panel has a capacity of 900 watts.
Winnebago says its current battery can run off the grid for seven days, completely energy independent. One of his drivers I spoke to said it would take him a couple more days if he wasn’t using the A/C.
But 108 miles? Will EV RV range improve?
yes. Winnebago has taken three hours of driving time before he needs to charge the eRV2. At a public event, company executives only said they needed to improve before they could manufacture them for sale.
When I asked the product manager after the show’s public event, he said it would be ready for commercialization and production in two to five years.
But there are other things that need to be improved as well. Depending on the type of charging system currently in use, it takes at least two hours to fully charge the battery.
seriously. who can wait that long?
Also, where can I charge it? Campsites need EV chargers to be really useful for motorhomes and motorhomes. Infrastructure improvements for large campgrounds given that most campgrounds across North America can rarely provide sufficient reliable 30 and 50 amp power to meet demand with traditional connections must be done.
What about driving an EV RV?
First, it’s quiet. As with most EVs, there is no real noise while driving. But in an RV (the eRV2 is a fully functional camper), the quietness of the engine is even more noticeable. Disarm first. Then you can enjoy it.
Acceleration is very fast. I used to own his RV with a gasoline engine on a Transit chassis. Acceleration is very impressive.
The RV portion of the eRV2 is standard. There is a wet bathroom and shower. small galley. Rear sofa that turns into a large bed. He has two comfortable chairs in front of the sofa. Of course, there are air conditioners, stoves, TVs, and storage spaces inside and outside the car.
Granted, our test drive was just a few miles.
At the Tampa RV Supershow, Winnebago gave many others similar test drives over the course of the week. The feeling that everyone who has driven it has had is that it was pioneering.It was like getting a taste of what the future of RVs could be.
Personally, I think it’s been about a decade since EV RV travel became popular. But it is coming.
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