BY Marco Kathuria—Winnebago Industries revealed an all-electric concept motorhome developed by the company’s Advanced Technology Group (ATG) at the Florida RV Super Show and live on Facebook on January 18, 2022.
The recreational vehicle segment rounded the corner into the electric era today with the unveiling of the Winnebago e-RV concept at the Florida RV SuperShow. Using a Ford Transit van as the basis of the concept, Winnebago and its powertrain partner, Lightning eMotors, swapped in an an electric motor and an 86.0-kWh battery pack.
According to Winnebago Industries, the all-electric concept motorhome is the first public facing example of its Advanced Technology Group work streams “and demonstrates a commitment to innovation and sustainability with product electrification, connectivity and improving user interface experiences for customers.”
The onsite vehicle and display was revealed at the Florida RV Super Show in Tampa, Florida and was augmented by a virtual Facebook event.
- The e-RV concept uses the existing Ford Transit base vehicle but swaps its gasoline powertrain for an electric motor and an 86.0-kWh battery pack.
- Not only does the battery provide up to 125 miles of range it also provides power to run the vehicle’s interior appliances.
Video of the Live eCamper Reveal
According to Winnebago, the concept features the following unique attributes:
- In-vehicle appliances aligned to optimize energy usage and battery performance while maximizing comfort and functionality. Key elements include 350-volt DC power for the water heater and roof mounted air conditioner with heat pump, 110-volt AC for the induction cooktop and the refrigerator, which can also operate on 12-volt DC power for enhanced flexibility and convenience.
- Flexible battery charging source capabilities, that allow for charging at home, campgrounds and dedicated charging stations. Charging time is around 45-minutes at high-current charging stations.
- Evolving battery technology and applications continue to drive capabilities and mileage range increases are anticipated as the concept vehicle further develops. Currently, an industry standard, 86-kWh battery configuration provides a range of 125 miles while powering on-board systems. This range will meet the needs of a majority (54%) of new RV buyers who prefer to make trips under 200 miles (1).
- An integrated control system that enables operation of subsystems, optimizes load and efficiency, and displays system information and controls on a digital display. The control systems can be monitored through a tablet or smartphone app.
- High performance wireless connectivity through a residential grade wi-fi network via dual-modem router that enables high data streaming levels.
- Premium galley amenities including a modern, marine-grade refrigerator, slide out induction cooktop, and matte black sink fixtures. The bathroom includes a toilet and contemporary fixtures including a detachable, handheld shower head.
- Materials throughout the e-RV concept vehicle are selected with a preference for eco-friendly and sustainable options. This includes sustainable, recycled cork-rubber flooring and woolen wall appliques to enhance thermal and wall insulation.
- A chassis based on a readily available Ford Transit platform that has been modified with an advanced electrical power system from Lightning e Motors that powers the drivetrain, vehicle controls and living quarters.
More details of the Winnebago Industries all-electric concept motorhome have been posted by the company since yesterday’s launch.
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