Nissan has unveiled an all-electric camper based on the e-NV200 van in Spain. The company is one of several automakers entering the electric mobile home market.
Motorhomes and campers can intimidate travelers who like the concept of hitting the open road but shy away from the current crop of gas-guzzling camping vehicles available. New electric models allow adventure-seekers to drive most of the day and recharge their vehicles at night, reducing the cost of travel and more importantly pollution.
A German company has recently launched a full-size electric motorhome prototype, while Winnebago has released an all-electric RV platform. Yet neither model has enough powertrain to be a viable electric motorhome.
Tesla fans are hoping the company will develop an electric motorhome concept based on the Tesla Semi, though Nissan has so far been the only manufacturer to come close with an adapted version of the new e-NV200. The vehicle was released in May, but only in Spain.
Nissan released two versions, one based on the NV300 van and another based on the e-NV200. The e-NV200 was recently upgraded with a 40 kWh battery pack for greater range, though it’s still limited to 124 miles, or 200 km, between charges based on the WLTP combined cycle, which will limit the use of the van.
After the launch, Francesc Corberó, communication director of Nissan Iberia, said, “The new Nissan Camper range will allow the most adventurous to have a balcony with views of the most incredible places in the world and enjoy the essence of traveling with family or friends,”
Nissan will wait to see the results of the program before expanding it to other markets.
"The NV300 Camper transforms its interior into the ideal place for four people to stand thanks to an elevating roof, or they can sit around the table conversing and waiting for food to arrive. It's easy to cook inside the van – that's been transformed into an authentic kitchen – with a refrigerator, sink and water and gas installations," Corberó said.
"At nightfall, the Nissan Campers can be converted into comfortable bedrooms with window shades and stationary heating. The NV300 allows the configuration of a second double bed in the raised ceiling. Customers in Spain can go to their favorite Nissan dealer, order a Camper van and customize them to their personal needs," he added.