The Winnebago e-RV was introduced at the Florida RV Super Show as its first all-electric, zero emissions motorhome concept.
“This is an exciting time for Winnebago Industries and the outdoor lifestyle industry as a whole. We are proud to continue our innovation legacy with the reveal of the e-RV concept vehicle,” said Michael Happe, Winnebago Industries president and chief executive officer.
This Winnebago e-RV concept vehicle is an entirely new, all-electric RV that incorporates an advanced drive train and battery package. In addition to driving the vehicle, it also powers all the living area systems of the coach.
“Consumer demand is driving electric power applications across many fronts, and we believe RV consumers are poised to benefit from the enhanced features and usability that electrified and connected RV products will provide,” said Ashis Bhattacharya, Winnebago Industries senior vice president, Business Development, Advanced Technology and Enterprise Marketing.
Key features of the Winnebago e-RV concept vehicle include the following systems:
- The in-vehicle appliances optimize energy usage and battery performance while maximizing comfort and functionality. Key elements include 350-volt DC power for the water heater and roof mounted air conditioner with heat pump, 110-volt AC for the induction cooktop and the refrigerator, which can also operate on 12-volt DC power for enhanced flexibility and convenience.
- Flexible battery charging source capabilities that allow for charging at home, campgrounds and dedicated charging stations. Charging time is around 45-minutes at high-current charging stations.
- High performance wireless connectivity through a residential grade wi-fi network via dual-modem router that enables high data streaming levels.
- Materials throughout the Winnebago e-RV concept vehicle are selected as eco-friendly and sustainable options. This includes recycled cork-rubber flooring and woolen wall appliques to enhance thermal and wall insulation.
Evolving battery technology and applications continue to enhance capabilities and mileage range increases are anticipated as the Winnebago e-RV concept vehicle develops. Currently, an industry standard, 86-kWh battery configuration provides a range of 125 miles while powering on-board systems.
The chassis is based on a readily available Ford Transit platform that has been modified with an advanced electrical power system from Lightning e Motors that powers the drivetrain, vehicle controls and living quarters.