This Futuristic Solar-Powered RV Runs Without Fuel Or Charging Stations
Tags: opinion, Sustainability
A new vehicle has just been unveiled which is sure to tick stylish design, environmentally friendly and ease of use off the dream checklist. The new electric motorhome has been designed by German RV company Dethleffs, and is covered in solar panels, meaning that the worry of finding a charging station is taken off your mind whilst embarking on those exciting road trips.
In the modern day rise of electric vehicles, together with our increased knowledge of pollution and the overuse of fossil fuels, this vehicle is the perfect innovation that explorers of the open road have been waiting for. The new “e.home” has been on display at the Caravan Salon Düsseldorf 2017, meaning that the unveiling of the new vehicle came around the same time as the Volkswagen’s Kombi van announcement.
In order to provide the new vehicle with enough power to supply to all of its elements in the most efficient way, Dethleffs have covered almost the entire e.home in solar panels, which can make up to 3,000 watts of electricity. It also includes “solar charge controllers, an inverter/charger for AC electricity and to charge the lithium batteries, ancillaries, and a DC-DC converter to supply charge stations for phones, laptops” and other electrical items, according to recent reports.
The modern design of the motorhome also includes “a circular wireless charging station; infrared heating panels on interior floors, furniture and walls; windows with darkening film between the panes; and a heating system that captures outside air on days warmer than 79 degrees, then sends it into the main cabin when the evening’s cooler air sets in”. Dethleffs Managing Director, Alexander Leopold, said in a Victron Energy release, “Dethleffs know this means a lot more than just putting bodywork on an electrically driven chassis. By implementing a fully electric powertrain there are many challenges and equally opportunities for the entire vehicle. One significant opportunity is to do without any additional type of energy sources for the vehicle. This means that a motorhome with electric drive will also supply all the onboard services with electricity for the living area instead of gas, for example – and that is why solar power production becomes very important.”
Whilst the cost of the vehicle has not yet been released, this is still an exciting insight into the future of greener vehicles.
Image Credit: Dethleffs
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