Electric vehicles have been trending in recent years. With charging stations popping up all over the country, manufacturers from various industries are testing the EV waters.
We fully expect the future of RVing to include electric RVs. Based on Winnebago’s recent EV Class B announcement, the future might be nearer than we think. Let’s take a look.
What Is the Winnebago EV Class B?
The Winnebago EV Class B is an electric Ford Transit van. It comes with an electric motor and an 86-kWh battery to power it.
The vehicle is still a concept design that Winnebago and their partner Lightning eMotors are creating. However, they’re putting the pedal to the metal in bringing it to reality.
Due to the weight and the fact that it’s the first edition, don’t expect to go far on a charge at first. It won’t have a great range, but you could likely do some epic local adventures at first.
However, despite not being able to compete with the capacity of a Tesla, it offers a tremendous amount of amenities that you won’t find in any Tesla.
What Is an Electric Vehicle?
An electric vehicle, often referred to as an EV, uses electricity as a power source. You’ll find electric cars that run entirely or partially on electric power. Instead of pulling up to a fuel pump, these vehicles plug into charging stations.
EV owners love the flexibility of plugging in their vehicle at home and not having to stop at the fuel station. With the rising gas prices, EVs are in high demand.
Costs to charge an EV at home vary depending on your power company and sometimes even the time you charge it.
However, according to Kelly Blue Book, drivers who drive 1,000 miles per month typically pay between $25 to $33 to charge their cars at home. That’s a massive amount of savings compared to even the most fuel-efficient gas cars.
About Winnebago’s EV Class B RV Is a Unique Concept
Keep in mind that Winnebago’s EV Class B RV is a concept. That means it’s not in production and still a work in progress. The finished product will likely resemble Winnebago’s recently unveiled RV, but with different specs and amenities.
Even with a limited range for an EV, the Winnebago has many exciting features. You’ll find a bed, kitchenette, and a wet bath with a shower. This is everything you’d expect out of a standard Class B RV.
They also want to maximize the livability of the unit by including rubberized cork for the flooring. This provides a soft floor to walk on and extra insulation.
Winnebago also realizes the need for many RVers to stay connected while RVing. They’ve built a Wi-Fi network that allows for a high-speed internet connection in the RV.
Whether you need to stream your favorite show or video chat for work, the Winnebago EV Class B RV makes it possible.
If you are more interested in an electric travel trailer, check out Airstream’s announcement of the eStream.
How Much Range Does the Winnebago EV Class B Have?
Winnebago has stated that the current concept provides 125 miles of range. As battery technologies evolve, we expect that this number will increase.
You can expect to wait about 45 minutes when using a high-speed charging station to charge the Winnebago EV Class B completely.
The current concept will work great for those RVers looking to make shorter trips or make frequent stops to charge. However, the sky is the limit for the future of EV technologies and RVing.
What Are the Benefits of an Electric Motorhome?
Electric vehicles typically create little to no pollution when running off battery power. Many nature enthusiasts RVers will like the idea of traveling without polluting the earth. However, they come with far more benefits than just emissions.
Stopping at a gas station in a motorhome is not convenient. Most fuel stations aren’t big-rig friendly unless you stop at a truck stop. This can make it difficult and frustrating to fill up your motorhome.
However, a major benefit of an electric motorhome is plugging in your RV at your campsite. Most campgrounds offer electrical connections for RVs, so you can charge up your motorhome before hitting the road.
When Will the Winnebago EV Be on the Market?
Winnebago has yet to release production plans or a release date on the Winnebago EV Class B RV. However, with the fast pace changes in technology and the demand for RVs, it’s likely not too far in the future.
It’s exciting to think that the next RV many of us purchase could be all-electric. We’re one step closer to living life like the Jetsons. Would you consider buying an all-electric RV?
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