A look at electric motorhomes…

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  1. Whether electric campervans/motorhomes take off is more dependent on campsites providing the necessary charging infrastructure than the actual base vehicles themselves.

  2. TERRY EDMONDS says:

    I agree with Donald Oxley in fact I can remember a tomorrows world program (in black and white) which had a hydrogen can and said when petrol reached £2 a gallon it would be viable and most cars and vans could be converted I see Shell and BP etc are getting in on the act of electric generation cant be much profit in a product that is renewable !

  3. Ron Eccles says:

    Bit of a joke. Let’s pay £100k for a motorhome and tour an area of a handful of miles around where you live. Haha.

  4. Barry carter says:

    The only caravan and motorhome magazines I read are those from the C&MC and C&CC and to date to my knowledge they’ve not done as good a round-up as this so top marks. That’s the good bit because whilst I’m aware the future is towards going electric your article has left me with more questions than answers but no doubt these will become more evident in the future but for example these EV’s all appear to be trade vans available for conversion to camper vans but again until they have been converted we won’t know what range between charges they’re capable of because remote charging (away from a base) at the moment are few and far between. Take the camp sites I visit where pitch supply is 16A max these EV’s usually require a minimum of 10A charge supply but then during charging what split takes place between EV charging and the habitation side of vehicle as we use quite a few mains electric appliances I’m not going to list them all but let’s just say what happens to those on board 13A sockets when there’s only 6A left available between them unless the 240VAC load is provided from an inverter via EV’s battery but then how does that affect charging as I said more questions than answers and that’s without even going into vehicles range between home and between sites.

  5. Philip says:

    Thank goodness there’s many years to go before fossil fuels are banned. At there performances and payloads electric motorhomes still have a vast amount of development before they can be taken seriously

  6. Donald Oxley says:

    I believe hydrogen should be the way to go. Hydrogen distribution could be done from a petrol station forecourt (infrastructure already there), no emissions, takes about the same time to fill-up. The problem with battery powered ‘e-vans’ is the short range, weight of batteries reducing payload and the time to charge. Unfortunately everyone seems to be pushing battery powered e-vehicles rather than hydrogen. After all said and done, hydrogen power could provide a very similar experience to what we’re used to.

  7. Will Patient. says:

    It’s great to hear about electric and hybrid vans in the pipeline. It’s an ideal fit for camper vans which tend to be driven for a few miles then plugged in as a matter of course…..albeit to 240 volts 10amps or so.

    A small quiet petrol generator could also help with range anxiety and wild camping. I think this is the future of camper vans.

  8. Suzanne S Burgess says:

    not much good for serious touring !!

  9. Philip rush says:

    They have a long way to go

  10. Ian Styles says:

    I would consider a hybrid rather than an all electric. Having a hybrid system would reduce fuel consumption during pulling away and climbing hills so improving overall mpg.
    The problem with all electric is finding charging points when not using motorways, also I cannot remember seeing any charging points in the caravan/ Motorhome parking areas or lorry areas in motorway services.
    Are there any campsites with charging points?


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