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Scarecrow 12-10-2018 03:53 PM

All-electric RV Coming to Market
 
This may prove to be a silly idea, but the all-electric RV seems to be happening...
https://electrek.co/2018/12/10/elect...idium-e-mobil/

Odd thing is, the best name is taken by the host webpage: Electrek! :smilewink:

TwoClinks 12-11-2018 01:00 PM

Re: All-electric RV Coming to Market
 
That will fly here in the US about as well as lead ducks. So much for getting out of Texas the first night of your road trip.

Scarecrow 12-11-2018 01:32 PM

Re: All-electric RV Coming to Market
 
Yes, I agree. But it's a start. Or not... depending on your faith in Electric Everything. And talk about GVWR!! Hoo-boy!! There goes the dog and passengers!

avanti 12-11-2018 01:46 PM

Re: All-electric RV Coming to Market
 
Don't assume that your (our) lifestyle is the same as everybody else's.

I know lots of RVers who only ever drive to the nearest state park, so...

woundedpig 12-11-2018 01:59 PM

Re: All-electric RV Coming to Market
 
Having a market of mostly short trip buyers is not a great recipe for business success. For this to work on a larger scale and have market success, a quantum leap in battery technology is needed. I'm assuming there wouldn't be the subsidy/tax break support we've had for electric cars.

avanti 12-11-2018 02:26 PM

Re: All-electric RV Coming to Market
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by woundedpig (Post 719585)
Having a market of mostly short trip buyers is not a great recipe for business success.

Why do you say that? It depends entirely on the market numbers. Do we have any data?

woundedpig 12-11-2018 02:41 PM

Re: All-electric RV Coming to Market
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by avanti (Post 719596)
Why do you say that? It depends entirely on the market numbers. Do we have any data?

Just my thoughts. Electric car sales figures are not that big, even with subsidies. An electric RV would be very expensive and if the effective range is short, the market for such a vehicle would be small. Would you buy one, given your camping style? How many RV'er's would spend that kind of money for a vehicle that is so range limited, when conventional RV's would be cheaper, much more flexible, and already have established dealer, maintenance, and repair network?
There is no data of course. Why would you ask?

These things are basically concept vehicles or for a different purpose, where they could be used in an urban fleet close to charging stations. Even Winnebago says:
".....the vehicle is best suited “for urban and semi-urban short range commercial applications like mobile medical clinics, bloodmobiles, mobile classrooms and mobile outreach vehicles."

Same issue with the recent concept vehicle here:

https://electrek.co/2017/09/18/elect...solar-battery/

They are electric vehicles, but wouldn't fit the bill for the vast majority of RV users , who travel more than 100 miles between camping spots.

LuckyDawgz Jim 12-11-2018 02:56 PM

Re: All-electric RV Coming to Market
 
Mercedes-Benz Will Make an Electric Sprinter Van
The new Sprinter debuted today, along with the announcement that an all-electric version is coming.

https://www.roadandtrack.com/new-car...nter-electric/

Scarecrow 12-11-2018 02:56 PM

Re: All-electric RV Coming to Market
 
I have done my own share of research into electric cars, and one if the striking discoveries, for me, was this: People discount the idea because they take most every statement literally. Case in poibt, Chevy was asked how the Bolt could be practical when the batteries only last a specified lifetime. Chevy said there's no real hard data on how long they last because nobody has had to replace the batteries because if being used-up - - only because of accidents. I think Tesla might say a similar thing. But people assume they MUST be replaced every 5 to 8 years.

This will take time. I'm wondering why Hydrogen Fuel Cells are not being pursued more aggressively. I sure would like to see the US lead in these technologies, instead of following, after the fact.

woundedpig 12-11-2018 02:59 PM

Re: All-electric RV Coming to Market
 
An electric Sprinter would be a great fleet vehicle and an around the town SUV replacer for a family. But for trips?


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