Although EVs boast no shortage of benefits, its no secret that the towing capacity offered by most battery-powered cars isn’t comparable to ICE vehicles. Of course, this isn’t an everyday problem for most EV drivers, but it does signify a barrier to EV adoption for those individuals or families that frequently hit the road for camping trips requiring a travel trailer. With this in mind, Colorado Teardrops has revealed the prototype version of “the world’s first camper trailer designed to extend the towing range of electric vehicles.”
The Boulder is an eye-catching 12-foot-long, electrified ‘teardrop-style’ camping trailer concept which was first introduced last year. The camper has 75 kWh batteries mounted in its lower frame area, which effectively doubles as an extra battery pack. According to the company, it has the potential to produce a total range while towing that’s greater than the towing EV’s original range.
According to Colorado Teardrop’s recent announcement, the company has partnered with “a major automotive manufacturer to advance technology directly relevant to The Boulder.” Even more exciting, the Boulder has just completed its initial phase of development. With Level 2 charging compatibility taken care of in phase one, the company is reportedly now working on the DC fast-charging between the trailer and tow vehicle, which is a critical step in bringing this unique idea to life.
To utilize the extra power provided by the camper, drivers will need to pull over and essentially plug the trailer into the EV, which will then fast-charge the vehicle at up to 60 kw. While we expect these details to be finalized further down the road, the company has suggested 100 miles of range could be returned in 10 minutes via the camper.
The Boulder’s dry weight would be just 1,950 lb, with a tongue weight of 185 lb. A perfect addition to any family camping trip, the Boulder will comfortably sleep a family of four with a queen-size mattress, bunk beds, and a dining area with fold-away couches included in the cabin. The camper will also include interior climate control, a hot-water shower and a fold-out kitchen galley (potentially with an induction cooktop).
To reserve the Boulder, customers are asked for as little as US$1,000 down; however, a US$10,000 down payment secures a lower price starting at US$45,000. Initially, the company planned to begin commercial delivery of the Boulder in 2023, but that timeline is now likely subject to change.