A consortium of German companies has teamed up to bring to market what could become the first all-electric motorhome: the Iridium E Mobil.
The motorhome manufacturer WOF partnered with EFA-S, an electric powertrain manufacturer, to produce the vehicle.
It will be unveiled at the Travel Fair CMT in Stuttgart next month and it will go on sale shortly after.
The company wrote in a press release:
“It will not be a preliminary study, but customers can buy and drive this vehicle in 2019,”
They have already released some details about the electric powertrain (via Golem):
“These include a synchronous motor, a lithium iron phosphate battery and the EFA-S self-developed battery management system. The range of the motorhome should be at 200 kilometers. It is charged at the conventional socket, at charging stations up to 22 kW or at CCS fast-charging stations with up to 50 kW. How long it takes to charge the battery is not yet known.”
If the vehicle indeed comes to market next year, it could become the first full-size all-electric motorhome to hit the market.
Nissan already launched an all-electric camper, but it’s based on the e-NV200 van and not a full-size motorhome.
There are some electric motorhome concepts out there, like Dethleffs’ e-home with 100 miles of range, but it doesn’t look like any of them are rushing to market.
I’m excited about the prospect of all-electric motorhomes. The idea of moving your home around with zero-emissions without using gas is very appealing.
But the problem with RVs is that they are not aerodynamic, which affects efficiency at highway speeds. It takes more energy to go further and we have so far not seen any concept with much more than 100 miles of range, which is simply not enough.
You want a full day of driving worth of range since these vehicles are used to cover significant distances.
We would need something like a Tesla electric motorhome based on Tesla Semi.
I think we are going to see the space being seriously electrified in the next few years.