During Camping and Caravan Show Campervan Co, a Scottish manufacturer that recently took place in Birmingham, England, presented the Ford PHEV solar powered caravan. This manufacturer is one of the pioneers of hybrid caravans and is therefore expanding its product range with Eco Evolution. For now, in prototype state, caravan company this time it seems to prefer the Ford Transit Custom PHV over the usual Japanese pickup trucks. Eco Evolution promises about 42 km of “all-electric” autonomy. The device is complemented by an efficient 1.0-liter EcoBoost range extender and an all-electric caravan powered by 1,000 watts of solar power. Presentation.
What is Campervan Co’s Eco Evolution?
The Scottish producer is one of the most productive in the country; He has been designing hybrid caravans since 2016. It joins the Dethleffs and Wellhouse Leisure lineup with the transformation of the Ford Transit Custom PHEV with Eco Evolution. Ford’s choice was dictated by its average size and easy convertibility to a campervan. It can travel 42 km in full electric driving. A kilometer is perhaps too low, but it is largely compensated by the EcoBoost engine, giving it a range of 605 km. Additionally, Campervan Co. The Eco Evolution caravan is the vehicle with the lowest carbon emissions to date.
What is the caravan really equipped with?
The Eco Evolution has a Clayton Power leisure battery that powers the induction cooker, cooling and lighting. Therefore, it does not need to be connected to solar panels. The latter also develops a power of 1000 watts, which is much more substantial than the classic solar models, which spin around 750 watts. Campervan Co is also a zero emission heating system to capture waste heat and it consumes neither gas nor diesel.
And inside, how?
Inside, the configuration is quite classic as there is a side kitchen and a folding bench… Ditto for the bed, a folding and lightweight mattress that will accommodate campers. The manufacturer clearly wants to gain autonomy and consumption by reducing equipment. Initially, the camper can seat four people, but two folding seats are offered as an option. In addition, two people can be accommodated on the folding sofa bed in the cabin. The loft bed is retractable. There are storage spaces in the rear console and on the vehicle heights.
How much will this solar motorhome cost?
The announced starting price for this technological and ecological gem will be around $101,900, or likewise €92,000. Many options will be offered such as a hot water tank, household appliances (microwave, coffee machine) but also a Wifi connection or the installation of an Omni-Slide cooking system, for indoor or outdoor cooking. It’s obvious that it’s not for every budget, but it’s one of the first caravans to show this kind of performance…