Camper Vans are Finally Going Electric
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The electric revolution is in full swing in the auto industry. But one demographic is still waiting on their EV option—the camper van lover. Thankfully, they don’t have to wait much longer.
The London Electric Vehicle Company (LEVC), a subsidiary of Chinese automaker Geely, released details on its VN5 e-Camper, an electric van, recently, adding its concept to the pool of designs coming from start-ups like Rivian and Canoo.
You might recognize LEVC as the current supplier of London’s electric taxis. The company’s primary focus is on commercial vehicles, but the VN5 e-Camper will open them up to a whole new customer base.
What do we know about the VN5 e-Camper?
LEVC’s e-Camper will be a hybrid based on the company's cargo van. Autoweek says the van will offer a range of 304-miles, with a pure electric range of over 60 miles. Inside, it includes sleeping accommodations for four, a kitchenette, a central folding table, and a pop-up roof.
Camper van fans will see the similarities to Volkswagen’s classic Westfalia concept. U.S. customers have struggled to find modern options like this for years, and unfortunately, the VN5 e-Camper will not be the van to change that. As with LEVC’s other models, there are no plans to sell it in America.
Other electric campers coming soon
Thankfully, there are a few domestic companies planning to make American camper van fans’ dreams come true. Though not on the market yet, at least two electric options are expected in the next few years.
Rivian, a new electric truck company out of Detroit, will offer a camping kitchenette and three-person tent to its R1T. While technically not a van, the added packages offer similar freedom to the outdoorsy type wanting to explore while minimizing their footprint. The company’s first deliveries are expected in August, according to TechCrunch.
California’s EV startup Canoo also plans to allow customers to turn their electric truck into a home away from home. While the company’s camping package looks much more extensive than Rivian’s, Autoweek says it also won’t be available until at least 2023.
Volkswagen has set hopes high over the last four years by slowly revealing details for its ID BUZZ, slated for production in 2024.
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