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Winnebago launches an all-electric RV

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The push for increasing efficiency and green technology in the auto industry shows no signs of slowing, and now the RV industry is getting into the game. Winnebago Industries has announced the launch of an all-electric chassis that would emit zero emissions.

We’ve seen concept RVs covered in solar panels before, but this move proves that major manufacturers have taken note. Winnebago plans to release the electric RV in the commercial vehicle market, aimed at mobile classrooms, blood clinics, and other on-the-go service vehicles. The vehicle will be available in 33-foot and 38-foot lengths and with a Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) up to 26,000 pounds. It will also come with plenty of amenities, like slide rooms, air-conditioning, solar panels, inverters, toilets, showers, and plumbing.

Unfortunately this all-electric RV won’t be available as a camper or motorhome to the public because of its limited range. According to the company, tests show that their electric vehicle can use six to eight batteries for a range of between 85 to 125 miles on a full charge. That might work for short distances—like if you’re an urban outreach clinic traveling around a city—but that would be hard for anyone looking to travel in motorhome.

The Dethleffs e.home Type C motorhome combines a zero-emissions powertrain with tons of smart technologies inside.

Don’t despair, this latest development (made in partnership with Motiv Power Systems) is still important. As electric vehicles become more common place for everyday drivers and trucks, it’s clear that a fully-electric Winnebago camper might a possibility in the near future.

“Winnebago Industries is a company that is focused on creating customer value through innovation and technology,” said Ashis Bhattacharya, head of Winnebago’s specialty vehicles division.

“We have a rich history of product and feature innovation, and we are continuously evaluating new and emerging technologies to further that legacy. We believe that all-electric vehicle applications continue to evolve to serve numerous end-user needs and this is our first step as a participant in this space.”