While many grey nomads remain unconvinced by the long-term Big Lap potential offered by electric vehicles, it seems those in the industry don’t share those doubts.
Over in the US, American lifestyle product manufacturer, Winnebago, has unveiled a fully-operational prototype of its all-electric, zero-emission RV.
The vehicle, known as the eRV2, went on display at the Florida RV SuperShow in the US and attracted a lot of interest.
The company says the eRV2 is the most advanced all-electric, zero-emission RV … and it builds on Winnebago’s original eRV concept vehicle, which debuted at the same event last year.
Winnebago developed the eRV2 in response to growing demand for more sustainable forms of road travel and engaged consumers throughout its production.
“Our primary goal in building the eRV2 was to help people comfortably explore the world around them with less environmental impact,” said Huw Bower, president of the Winnebago brand. “The user experience was at the heart of this prototype’s development, through the early days of market research and even now as it goes through field testing.”
The company says the eRV2 demonstrates its commitment to continuously evolve with the changing needs of consumers.
Winnebago says the eRV2 is America’s first all-electric, zero-emission motorhome prototype. It says its key features and benefits are:
Both the powertrain and the house systems are powered by electricity, allowing for silent and environmentally responsible travel, and up to seven days of off-grid camping, aided in part by 900-Watt solar capacity. It’s built on a Ford E-Transit chassis, which promises both a powerful torque and smooth handling. The current generation of this chassis has a published range of 173 kilometres. Winnebago is actively pursuing range extension opportunities to incorporate into a future commercial version.
Grey Nomad Members now have the opportunity to win six 750ml eco flat bottles of Pinot Grigio (total value of $96) from Banrock Station.
The new eco-flat wine bottle is made entirely from Australian-sourced 100% recycled PET plastic, which is 83% lighter than a glass bottle. The slimmer, flatter profile allows twice as many bottles to fit in a standard wine case.
It’s lighter to carry, takes up less space in your van, is easy to store in your fridge or esky, and is great for life on the road.