Winnebago annouces EV

Winnebago has asuggested that it is to launch an electric vehicle although it might be some time before it appears on the road.  The RV manufacturer has linked up with Motiv Power Systems which produces electric powertrains for cars and is probably best known for its work on Ford’s Electric Qualified Vehicle Modifier (eQVM) program.

The photograph shows Winnebago’s Class A RV platform and Motiv’s Ford F53 based EPIC all-electric chassis.

In a press announcement, Jim Castelaz, Motiv CEO & Founder, said  “Motiv’s EPIC all-electric chassis, paired with Winnebago Industries’ highly regarded commercial shell, is the perfect fit for end-users who seek reliable performance and functionality. We are excited to collaborate with Winnebago Industries as we work together to grow the electric commercial vehicle market.”

The plan is to release the eV in 33-foot and 38-foot lengths with a Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) up to 26,000 pounds (11 tons).  It will have two different battery packs for an expected range of 85 to 125 miles on a full charge, according to Winnebago.  All sorts of options could be fitted including AC but this will make a considerable drain on the battery.

Winnebago admits that the range is short and that it may be better suited for use in urban settings which will probably not be as a camping vehicle.  Nonetheless if one looks at the idea of doing a short run and then an overnight place to camp and fast charge then it might work.




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