Climate change forecasts grow more dire by the day. But a new all-electric motorhome could shine a bright spot in the bleakness when it hits the EuropeanÂ marketplace in early 2019.
The Iridium all-electric motorhome. Image: EFA-S & WOF.
The RV of the Climate Change Age: Iridium, the All-Electric Motorhome is Here
By the time you read this article,Â a real world all-electric motorhome will be on its way to the January 2019 CMT travel trade show inÂ Stuttgart, Germany.
The exciting clean energy breakthrough in the European campervan industry is the result of a partnership between two German automobile companies, WOF and ElektroFahrzeuge Stuttgart (EFA-S). Both are known for their work in the country’s robust electric vehicle marketplace.Â The campervan’s electric-powered chassis is built by WOF, while the drivetrain and battery technology is made by EFA-S. SwissÂ RV designer, Maurer Fahrzeugbau built the RV body.Â The end result is aÂ sleek motorhome that’s a leap forward in the clean energy vehicle marketplace.
Images of the interior won’t be released until after the January reveal. But this promotional videoÂ of a conceptual solar-powered RV design highlights what Iridium’s European-style living quarters mightÂ look like:
Lithium Iron Phosphate Batteries: theÂ Electric RV Breakthrough
Until now, the biggest obstacle in creating anÂ all-electric motorhome has been wind. It takes a tremendous amount of energy to move a heavy, tall vehicle at 65 miles per hour. A RV’s wind resistance places a huge load on batteries. This limitsÂ mostÂ large electric vehicles to a short driving range, typically under 100 miles of travel before they need recharging.
The Iridium all-electric motorhome will be different. Each is powered by lithium iron phosphate batteries (the same type used in Dometic’s new portable PLB40 battery). Don’t confuse lithiumÂ iron phosphate batteries with lithiumÂ ion batteries.
Lithium iron phosphate batteries are the new kid on the block. They weigh less, are more efficient than lead acid batteries, have a longer life