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AMC x Heimplanet equals an inflatable all-electric pickup camper

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The new AMC x Heimplanet Cloudbreak inflatable pickup camper
The new AMC x Heimplanet Cloudbreak inflatable pickup camper
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Alpha and Heimplanet show two looks for the Cloudbreak tent camper
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Alpha and Heimplanet show two looks for the Cloudbreak tent camper
Like a muscular bulldog, the Alpha Wolf+ is ready to go where you go
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Like a muscular bulldog, the Alpha Wolf+ is ready to go where you go
The Cloudbreak has been designed for the Wolf+ pickup, the longer four-door Wolf variant
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The Cloudbreak has been designed for the Wolf+ pickup, the longer four-door Wolf variant
Heimplanet and Alpha talk exclusively about the Wolf+ in their materials, but this model here is the smaller Wolf two-door
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Heimplanet and Alpha talk exclusively about the Wolf+ in their materials, but this model here is the smaller Wolf two-door
The inflatable Cloudbreak includes a large vestibule, two-door ground tent and pickup bed tent
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The inflatable Cloudbreak includes a large vestibule, two-door ground tent and pickup bed tent
Heimplanet adds to its world-famous inflatable tent lineup with a new all-electric
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Heimplanet adds to its world-famous inflatable tent lineup with a new inflatable camper
Heimplanet's geodesic inflatable exoskeleton design always catches the eye
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Heimplanet's geodesic inflatable exoskeleton design always catches the eye
Why let a lack of a physical truck stop you from competing in the fast-growing all-electric truck camper market?
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Why let a lack of a physical truck stop you from competing in the fast-growing all-electric truck camper market?
The new AMC x Heimplanet Cloudbreak inflatable pickup camper
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The new AMC x Heimplanet Cloudbreak inflatable pickup camper
With a small, maneuverable design and available 4WD, the Alpha Wolf+ promises to make a loyal adventure partner
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With a small, maneuverable design and available 4WD, the Alpha Wolf+ promises to make a loyal adventure partner
Electric pickups are quickly becoming camping's future
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Electric pickups are quickly becoming camping's future
With the bed extender in place, the Wolf+ offers plenty of legroom
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With the bed extender in place, the Wolf+ offers plenty of legroom
The new AMC x Heimplanet Cloudbreak inflatable pickup camper
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The new AMC x Heimplanet Cloudbreak inflatable pickup camper
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Alpha Motor Corporation has yet to get close to fielding an actual product, but that hasn't slowed the company in its push to introduce more and more future electric vehicle designs. It previewed its Wolf electric pickup truck earlier this year, and this month it shows how it will turn that truck into a full camper to compete with electric pickup campers from Tesla and Rivian. To make that happen, it teamed with the German inflatable tent specialists at Heimplanet to create the inflatable pickup-back Cloudbreak camper.

The AMC x Heimplanet Cloudbreak tent camper isn't the first inflatable pickup camper we've seen, nor is it even the first vehicle-back Heimplanet to surface. But it is the first inflatable pickup camper we've seen designed specifically for an all-electric truck, a simpler, lighter breed of truck camper that will naturally complement a small electric pickup like the Wolf.

Alpha and Heimplanet show two looks for the Cloudbreak tent camper
Alpha and Heimplanet show two looks for the Cloudbreak tent camper

Heimplanet's inflatable camper is shown fitted to both the two-seat Wolf and larger four-seat Wolf+, relying on an inflatable exoskeleton and guy lines to take shape. It shelters the pickup bed itself and expands out into a freestanding, dual-door tent with awning room off the back of the truck.

The standard Wolf+ bed measures only 65 in (165 cm) long, a bit short for adults trying to lie down, but the extender adds 40 in (102 cm) to provide plenty of space to stretch out. Add a pair of inflatable mattresses and you have a comfy night of sleep above the cold, rocky ground below. The polyester tent includes a number of windows and skylight panels for better breathing and viewing.

With the bed extender in place, the Wolf+ offers plenty of legroom
With the bed extender in place, the Wolf+ offers plenty of legroom

Assuming it ever becomes more than a nice rendering, the Wolf pickup promises to be a versatile, all-terrain adventurer. At 203 in (516 cm) for the four-door, it's well shorter than a 212-in (539-cm) Toyota Tacoma and just over 3 in (7.6 cm) longer than the all-new Ford Maverick, promising a light, nimble ride on and off road.

Its 275-mile (443-km) max range isn't as robust as a Rivian R1T, Ford F-150 Lightning or Tesla Cybertruck, but it's still enough for many a camping trip or overnight adventure. A dual-motor four-wheel drive is available to make the Wolf a superior off-road navigator, perfect for getting away from the crowds currently flooding popular campgrounds and national parks.

Why let a lack of a physical truck stop you from competing in the fast-growing all-electric truck camper market?
Why let a lack of a physical truck stop you from competing in the fast-growing all-electric truck camper market?

The Cloudbreak is certainly a pretty design, but before we get too excited about outfitting the Wolf with an inflatable tent camper, we'll wait for Alpha Motor to actually get the truck – or any one of its previewed vehicles – to market. It plans to get its first onto roadways "as early as 2023." For now, projected Wolf pricing ranges between US$36,000 and $46,000, with the Wolf+ coming in between $40,000 and $48,000, before tax incentives.

Sources: Alpha Motor, Heimplanet

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wolf0579
Always a bad idea. If you need to go somewhere quickly, you have to undo whatever fasteners are holding the tent to the car.

They also can't have a good anti-bug seal because of trying to attach a tent o a car.

I'll stick with a good stand-alone tent.

Keep It Simple, Stupid!