The article mentions being fully loaded but doesn't also bring up the depletion rate on mountain passes. That's a biggie. Fully loaded on a hot day with the a.c. on full and plowing over just one steep mountain pass,... and you'd be hunting frantically for a charging station I would think. At least you'd get some charge going back down. This isn't the way most r.v.'s are used. Folks drive them for hours on end - often to places where services are far and few between. This seems to be pushing the e.v. movement too far too soon perhaps,....or maybe I'm missing a market segment somewhere, (the half-hour-from-home camper?),.Or it's only a tech showcase.
Manufacturers have to begin somewhere to get the market started but this is a LOOOOONG way from being practical OR cost effective.
Brian M
toyhouse about sums it up - Electric vehicles are very practical for well traveled trips such as home/work/shops. For journeys done by motorhomes its a bit silly with the current state of technology.
Perhaps a hybrid version might have a more practical use?
Based on my M3, highway, I expect this to get 100-110 miles before you would be searching for a charger. And, you won’t be charging at any campground. And, pulling a car behind is out of the question. A Tesla and a tent makes more sense.
This certainly won't fly in North America, distances to travel just too great. Didn't see any mention of the time to recharge but on a trip of say 1000k which takes around 13 hours, with bio breaks, how much time would be added to recharge? I still think the only viable solution, given current battery technology, would be to have a quick swap standardized battery system.
Tesla will build a van someday. Turn that into a camper and let it charge at any 30 or 50 amp plug at any RV park in the US.
Doe Hunter
Less than 200 miles for a 6 figure price is utterly ridiculous, if not assinine. For bored people with more $$$$ or credit than what they know what to do with.
Several details. This is Europe rated range, real range is more likely 120 miles. Next mountains don't matter as the battery gets recharged going back down, regaining a good amount of the energy going up. The 50Kw charging is too small. It should be 120kw at least. One tends to travel in small trips when RVing and many stop every 10-50 miles to see something or park, camp so 120 mile range with SC at 120kw can easily be done.
I have an RV and I use it probably 40 times per year. I have never stopped every 10-50 miles to "see something" and even if I did, there wouldn't be a charging station to quickly top off my battery. Out of over 200 trips in the past 5 years, maybe 10% of those were less than 200 miles round trip. Maybe 5 % were less than 100 miles round trip. Many were over steep mountain passes and although regenerative braking would restore some capacity, it is nowhere near a non-issue. I highly doubt I could make a single one of my trips in this van without running out of juice. Not to mention my RV is a 36 foot class A with 2 pop outs and weighs 20,000 lbs.....let's see you make one of those in an EV. RVs are not even close to a practical use of EV tech.
Whoopee, a whole 190 miles per charge (rated). Now throw in cold weather and hilly country AND let's see how often you have to stop for lengthy recharges on a 600-800 mile trip!!