Electric motorhomes are coming: a new RV powered by solar panels and 91 kWh battery pack

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With the electrification of transport reaching vehicles like a 110-ton Komatsu dumper, it’s difficult to understand why battery-powered motorhomes are not a thing yet. The new VW electric microbus comes close to it, but it lacks the size and functionalities of a motorhome.

Now a new prototype of an actual full-size electric motorhome shows that it’s possible.

At the 2017 Caravan Salon in Düsseldorf earlier this month, Germany-based motorhome manufacturer Dethleffs unveiled the e-home, an electric motorhome powered by solar panels and a battery pack.

They based the e-home on the Iveco Daily Electric chassis with a powertrain consisting of a liquid-cooled three-phase 80kW AC motor with a power of 80kW and a 91 kWh battery pack.

The company claims that it enables a range of just over 100 miles and it can support both DC fast-charging and level 2 charging. It’s far from an ideal range for the application, but they claim to extend the range with solar power.

Dethleffs partnered with Victron Energy to install thin high-efficiency solar panels on almost the entire surface of the vehicle. The system produces 3 kW of solar enegy at peak power, according to the company.

Dethleffs Managing Director Alexander Leopold describes the vehicle:

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This article and images were originally posted on [Electrek] September 18, 2017 at 05:39AM

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