Almost all modes of motorized transport are slowly moving towards electric propulsion and are in process of phasing out gas engines. If Elon Musk is to be believed, fifty percent of all cars will be electric by 2027. That prediction might be a bit too optimistic, but there is little doubt that the EV market is growing exponentially. Joining the list of companies foraying into the segment is a German brand named ‘Dethleffs’ that has come up with a motorhome powered by electricity. Showcased at Caravan Salon Düsseldorf 2017, the concept motorhome by Dethleffs is named ‘e.home.’
What makes this German camper unique is that it is covered by solar panels on the exterior, which is a great idea considering the fact that it gives the RV the capability to travel to remote locations that might not have charging infrastructure. Built on Dethleffs Iveco Daily Electric chassis, the e.home is powered by a 107-hp electric motor with several different battery options. The biggest battery pack gives it a maximum range of 100 miles and the solar panels can generate up to 3,000 watts of electricity to power the 228-Ah sodium-nickel-chloride battery. In addition to the solar panels and the electric propulsion unit, the electric camper comes with several features that make it efficient. It has a heating system that uses phase change materials to absorb heat when the outside temperature rises above 79°. The heat is then released into the cabin when the temperature drops at night. Since it is still in concept phase, there is no word on the pricing or availability.