Meet The Solar-Assisted Electric Motorhome Of The Future

SEP 26 2017 BY MARK KANE 20

This all-electric motor home could be the perfect solution, especially for campsites that are often equipped without electric outlets.

Dethleffs e.home

In case of Dethleffs’ e.home, the EV is also full of solar cells all over the places (334 square feet / 31 m2). At peak operating times, it should deliver up to 3 kW of additional power.

We couldn’t find the exact battery pack capacity, but for the full version (as show here) the German concept is rated at up to 103 miles (165 km).

The non-camper version would get 174 miles (280 km) NEDC, which in real world world end up at around 140 miles (225 km). The electric motor is rated at 80 kW.

The interior seems to be better quality than many homes, so the undisclosed pricing estimate is probably pretty high.

Dethleffs e.home

Dethleffs e.home

Dethleffs e.home

Dethleffs e.home

Dethleffs e.home

source: Green Car Reports

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Unfortunately, with panels covering 5 different sides, peak operating capacity is purely academic. The panels on the vertical sides may never be worth the cost to install/integrate them.

The panels under the awning are most suspect.

It would be better to have a “flip an fold” solar roof so when parked the total area could be ~250 sq ft. Bonus is that it would also provide a bit of shade over the windows during the hottest hours of the day and also protect the panels while driving.

That would be a much better design. A large awning on each side would really get the full benefit. Most RVs have a large awning for one side anyway.

This also should be a series hybrid, not all electric. Get 75 – 100 miles of electric range, then have the generator so you can actually make it to the next destination. At least in the US, 100 all electric range would make it useless as an RV.

Plus having the generator as an emergency backup power source while in remote areas would be nice piece of mind.

I was really hoping to see that when I clicked on this article…

A fundamental problem is a lot of people use campers to “camp” in places that are very hot or very cold at night so there’s a lot of HVAC use in additional to cooking dinner and watching TV…How much of a drain will that be on the battery?

Or you’re in the trees, in shade…..

Says the person who doesn’t take their bikes out to the desert 😀

I saw this awhile ago and the panels for the most part seem like a waste. I can see putting them on the roof but not really much more than that. There are already quite a few people who have the portable panels and put them on the roof when they get to where they’re going. I really have to wonder if that would be a better use of $.

“The electric motor is rated at 80 kW.”

Ouch. I couldn’t even imagine driving this thing through the mountains of British Columbia. That’s a punishing power-to-weight ratio.

My thoughts as well.

Almost all the campgrounds these days have electricity. 110/50 amp or even 240. Use the campgrounds power. Yes, most RV’s have propane stoves, refrig’s for boondocking, you know when you are parked all alone in the middle of nowhere beside that beautiful lake. Ha! People buy these things to get away, then park lined up inches away from their neighbors, packed in like sardines.

Anyway, skip the solar panels and use the money for additional batteries for longer range.

They should have at least painted the body under the panels black. This is extra ugly, even for an RV.

I’ve written about this RV before. Most of the articles that have been written about it proclaim that it’s solar-powered and that you can easily recharge the range with the panels. The panels are basically enough to power the accessory battery, in other words if you are getting full sun and taking as much advantage of those idiotically placed stationary panels as possible, you might be able to run everything inside, depending on your level of usage. That’s it. If you run the numbers on the drive battery, it’s easy to see that there is no realistic way to power this thing by sunlight. Kudos to IEVs for not giving into the same sensationalism.

It not supposed to run on the panels, just to assist and give some additional juice. I would expect midday to get 1 kWh from them and that is something.

You’ve seen, how much space is covered?
If the Sono Motors Sion is expected to deliver 1,2kWp with his tiny PV coverage, the this thing will give you much more.
Especially with panels the are designed for inderect mounting.
And to the respect of camp sites, you realize the this is a German manufacturer and in middle Europe it’s not allowed to park your camper anywhere but on campsites. So you have to go there and there you’ll always get a blee CEE16 plug. That is why this plug is called the camper plug…;)
I still think larger batteries are always better, but if the pricetag is not too high, why not.

They should have just made it a solar powered camping trailer. Then you could pull it with a truck and actually go somewhere. I can’t imagine anybody buying this thing.

I’ll take a TESLA SEMI pulling a 40′ RV trailer with Powerwall and solar roof/awnings.

That’s great, I really love it!

It is a great start. I have an electric car and I look to buy in the future an electric motorhome.

Solarpanals on a RV is great. I have 4×250 watt on the roof. Planning to buy some foldable ones and more Lifepo4 batteries I have 4 x40 amps at the moment but moving away from propane I will have to add some more.

Motorhomes are very popular in Europe, which is the target market for this, as EU countries are working on eliminating ICE. The panels are for marketing. Actual EVRVs will charge as others EVs do. Propane may still be allowed as well.