Solar panels charge Ford’s spacious new motorhome, making it fully electric

The Ford PHEV solar-powered PV motorhome powers low-emission adventures.

A hybrid electric vehicle with vibrant orange streaks lines the interior and seat carpeting. They are combined with the black design, appliances and accessories, a complement that divides the interior space. By opening the doors, the central area becomes a large passage space, giving the interior an aura of freedom.

Developed by Scottish company Campervan Co, still at the prototype stage, the new campervan dispenses with the small used Japanese vans that are the focus of Campervan Co’s other mini campervans in favor of a new Ford Transit base Custom PHEV.

The Eco Evolution promises up to 42km of all-electric range, complemented by an efficient 1.0-litre EcoBoost range extender and all-electric camping backed by 1,000 watts of solar power.

Hybrid motorhomes, especially plug-ins, seem like a good fit at the moment, but they’ve been few and far between.

Campervan Co is one of the most prolific of these ‘rare’, making hybrid motorhomes since 2016.

With the Eco Evolution, follow Dethleffs and Wellhouse Leisure in converting the Ford Transit Custom PHEV, a mid-size van option to a camper van conversion. The PHEV variant of Ford’s van boasts a WLTP rating of 2.6L/100km backed by 42km of pure electric driving.

Unless you’re camping in a city park, that mileage is sure to be too low for emission-free travel, but the EcoBoost engine kicks in to deliver a total range of up to 605km, according to Ford UK’s latest brochure. with one and easy refueling at gas stations. Campervan Co claims the Eco Evolution is the lowest carbon emitting motorhome to date.

Campervan Co fitted the new van with a Clayton Power battery to run the induction hob, refrigeration and lighting.

Instead of connecting the battery to the type of 100 or 200 watt solar panel that is typically placed on pickup trucks, Campervan Co generates solar power with a combination of 1000 watt roof and folding panels. That’s more solar power than many large off-grid motorhomes.

To run camp heating with as few emissions as the rest of its RV gear, Campervan Co is developing a zero-emission heating system that captures waste heat so campers can keep the space warm life without burning diesel or gasoline. This system will work in combination with a reinforced insulation package to improve heating efficiency.

The Eco Evolution prototype features the classic side galley/folding bench layout updated with lightweight equipment. Campervan Co uses a lightweight folding bed to lose weight and improve driving efficiency.

Likewise, removable kitchen modules allow drivers to easily save weight and space and improve mileage during daily driving.

Two additional seats (sold separately) can be installed to create a six-passenger vehicle.

Plans call for the Eco Evolution to be sold to the public to accommodate four people as standard.

In addition to the folding sofa-bed in the passenger compartment, it will have a folding drop-down bed. Closets and a full-height rear storage console will provide space for clothing, gear and supplies.

Campervan Co plans to sell the PHEV motorhome for a starting price of £75,995 ($101,900) and will offer a range of options including hot water, appliances such as a microwave and a coffee maker, Wi-Fi and an omnidirectional interior. / outdoor cooking system.

More information: camping-car.com

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