Do you enjoy the great outdoors, but are worried about your EV’s range when towing a camper? Two new offerings will help you hit the road without the worry, and keep you comfortable – and stylish – in the woods.
The first is a concept by one of the biggest names in camping: Airstream. The company teamed up with Porsche for a smaller trailer that focuses on aerodynamics and lower weight. It features a lower height with a pop-up roof, flat bottom, lowering suspension and smaller frontal area. Even the brand’s signature exposed rivets have been eschewed for a smoother body. Carbon fibre is used extensively to make it as light as possible.
The next trailer, however, isn’t just a concept, it is scheduled for production next year. The Lightship L1 is a novel approach to the usual RV; not only does the 27-foot trailer have a collapsible body for better aerodynamics, it also sports its own electric drivetrain with a 80-kwh battery pack to take the load off the towing vehicle.
The battery is also used to power such amenities as air conditioning, lights and heating, so your experience off the beaten path can be truly green. Solar panels also add up to 3 kW of power.
The startup company Lightship was founded by former Tesla employees Ben Parker and Toby Kraus. Its first offering is priced around the same as a Model S, at US$125,000, though the company says it will be eligible for US electric vehicle tax credits.