Converted Nissan e-NV200 Dalbury E Electric Campervan Review

3 years ago by Mark Kane 13

The Dalbury E – Electric Campervan by Hillside Leisure

The Dalbury E – Electric Campervan by Hillside Leisure

The Dalbury E – Electric Campervan by Hillside Leisure

The Dalbury E – Electric Campervan by Hillside Leisure

Introduction of the Nissan e-NV200 creates new opportunities for companies like Hillside Leisure (builder of campervans) to easily offer all-electric versions.

And here is the Dalbury E, reviewed recently by campervan owner and blogger Richard Mackney.

The Campervan Conversion

Once I got over the initial excitement of this being an all Electric Vehicle with all the advantages of zero emission and lower fuel costs my thoughts turned to the campervan conversion. Hillside leisure are no newcomers to the Nissan NV200 and have already produced a successful conversion based on the existing fossil fuel version of the van. It’s designed to be a micro compact camper and cleverly uses all of the space available and although the interior is reminiscent of a traditional VW side conversion, it’s nearly 3 foot shorter and a few inches narrower than a VW Transporter allowing for much easier parking and day to day use.”

While the the whole review can be found here, we just would like to point out that electric campervans could be a perfect solution (plugs are almost always readily available) for those who like to travel to nearby campsites, while doing little to no harm to the environment in which they are overnighting.

In the UK, thecost of the e-NV200 campervan begins at £33,995 ($51,500). Here we extracted a few videos from the review, which provides us glimpses of the converted electric camper:

Source: Hillside Leisure

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13 responses to "Converted Nissan e-NV200 Dalbury E Electric Campervan Review"

  1. Anon says:

    Nice. 🙂

    Now give it a battery that can do double the range, so you’re not sucking on fast chargers all the way to your destination and back.

  2. Gsned57 says:

    That is too awesome. do they ship stateside?

  3. Big Solar says:

    when is the env200 gonna be here in any form???

    1. Thomas J. Thias says:

      OPINION/

      I am looking out the window at one right now!

      Stateside, known as the Chevrolet City Express, the rebadged Nissan NV200.

      Sans Electric Drive Train.

      FAIL

      Twitter Hashtag for Nissan eNV200 is #eNV200

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  4. wavelet says:

    I know of virtually no people who “like to travel to nearby [to where they live] campsites”, esp. in the US (it might be slightly better in Britain with the smaller distances, but not by much).
    Therefore, unless this does DC quick charging, I don’t see the market. Also, the onboard fridge is going to take up additional electricity while driving.

    1. Reddy says:

      Well, count me as one. Last summer we traveled about 900 mi RT down the Oregon coast using Chademo DCQC and tent camping with the 2011 Leaf. Unfortunately, since I didn’t plan or reserve spots, every RV spot was already taken so no overnight charging was even possible. This would be a nice camping vehicle, but I don’t see the need to spend 2x a new Leaf (unless I was planning to spend my entire retirement RV-ing).

      1. wavelet says:

        Exactly, you used DCQC to drive the 450mi to the area you wanted to camp in.
        That was exactly my point: The article implied this vehicle doesn’t have DC charging. _If_ that’s the case, you’d need to use pretty slow L1/L2 charging to get to the charging area, and stop for multiple times got multiple hours to do so… That 450mi trip you took would take 4-5 days just to get to the camping area.

  5. DNAinaGoodWay says:

    Would be great to rent one when in the UK. Wish it would come here, with 48kWh, by 2017.

  6. Speculawyer says:

    Cute but a joke compared to the Stretchla.

    But the eNV-200 is not good for camping with the way too small 24KWH battery. Needs much more battery.

  7. In the UK it’s not difficult to get to the coast and many who live in London can be at the seaside in under 50 miles. Perfect for retired couples who like to spend the day or a weekend away.

  8. Priusmaniac says:

    A really great move towards at last offering EV motor homes.

    One objection though, now that you have masses of electricity onboard, just throw that gas bottle overboard and go for a more efficient induction plate system, they are available for a bargain price now and you need a converter for 230 V outlets onboard anyway. So you may as well have a larger converter and produce current for the induction cooker as well. You gain the place and hurdle of the gas bottle in the same time. Adding a photovoltaic panel on the roof is also a big plus for this kind of vehicle with a big battery already there to store the free sun energy while on the walk in the wild during the day.

    I wonder if we will ever see a full size Tesla Motor home some day? That would be fantastic, with vertically extending solar panels, supercharger capability, all in nice luxury and broad spaces.

    1. I’d love to throw out the gas bottle, but that provides a 5kw output for a couple of weeks of cooking (or heating) – not a problem if you do intend to always be connected to the mains but I like to stop at the side of the road and make a cuppa or wild camp with no mains available.

      I noticed how much the range drained when putting the heating on, I can imagine making a meal would zap a hell of a lot of power from the battery?

  9. Jeff Songster says:

    If you have enough quick chargers and Level 2s available along the route it could be awesome. You certainly will have a place to relax and cook a meal or catch a nap along the way. If you have more time than money the retirement bus looks awesome. Just bring some good ebooks and movies to watch while charging and be in no hurry to get there. WOuld be better with somewhat more range the new double range battery would take care of it nicely. I’d buy one.