Mercedes has introduced a camper van version of its electric EQV, the next step in what the brand calls the “locally emission-free future of the motorhome industry.”
Though not the first time the electric EQV has been converted into a camper van – Switzerland’s Yellowcamper has also introduced its own standalone example – Mercedes’ support for the eCamper is among the latest steps in the company’s drive towards electrification. Indeed, the official release highlights that “the motorhome market is of strategic importance for Mercedes Benz Vans,” offering as it does “a pioneering role in terms of innovation and sustainability.”
Built by Swiss company Sortimo Walter Rüegg PLC, Mercedes’ new eCamper features a pop-up roof, and a multi-function module in the back that incorporates both luggage storage and a kitchenette. A sleeping area is mounted on top of the latter.
The kitchen unit uses an intricate drawer system that maximizes storage space, and somehow includes a sink, a two-ring removable gas cooker and a small refrigerator, as well as additional drawers for cutlery and supplies. Fold the bed away, which, incidentally, is “precisely tailored to the vehicle width”, and the rear seats can once again be used by passengers as per usual.
The converted EQV meanwhile is the battery-electric counterpart to Mercedes’ V-Class mid-size van, and features a 150 kW electric motor that powers the front axle in place of the front-wheel driving, four-cylinder diesel in the ICE V-Class. Two battery options are available: the EQV 300 features a 90 kWh unit for an estimated European range of up to 363 km, while the smaller EQV 250 runs a 60 kWH example for an estimated range of up to 236 km.
Interestingly though, rather than drawing power for the kitchenette directly from the Mercedes’ inboard battery pack, two optional and lightweight solar panels with a total output of 400 watts can be installed to avoid negatively impacting the vehicle’s range. Further optional extras include darkened rear windows in lieu of curtains, interior lighting for the rear compartment, additional USB ports, and swivelling driver and front passenger seats.
The EQV is available in both ‘Long’ (5,140 cm) and ‘Extra Long’ (5,370 cm) format. Though not specifically stated, it can be assumed, given the modular nature of the conversion, that both guises can be outfitted as an eCamper.
Mercedes is not the only manufacturer to go the electric campervan route. Volkswagen Group CEO Herbert Diess recently confirming on social media that the ID. BUZZ, an electric reimagining of its famous microbus, will make its debut on March 9.