Winnebago Unveils Electric RV Motorhome, But It’s Not For Camping

MAY 3 2018 BY MARK KANE 9

Winnebago Industries, manufacturer of recreation vehicles, announced introduction of an all-electric version of its commercial vehicle platform through the company’s Specialty Vehicles Division.

Winnebago electric motorhome – powertrain

Electrification of motorhomes will be possible thanks to a strategic partnership with Motiv Power Systems and use of Motiv’s Ford F53 based EPIC all-electric chassis.

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Depending on battery size, the range of vehicles is to be 85-125 miles (the company brochure indicates even 150 miles).

The number of applications is pretty high:

  • Mobile Medical Clinics
  • Mobile Dental Clinics
  • Bloodmobiles
  • Bookmobiles
  • Mobile Offices
  • Mobile Retail
  • Mobile Classrooms
  • Mobile Outreach
  • Media Event Vehicles
  • Law Enforcement Command Units
  • DUI/BAT Vehicles

What you don’t see listed is using the electric motorhome for camping, as it’s range is just not suitable yet for such an adventure.

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The deal with Motiv Power Systems includes investment from Winnebago Industries:

Winnebago electric motorhome

“In conjunction, the Company has announced a strategic partnership with Motiv Power Systems, Inc., a U.S. market leader in chassis for medium-duty electric vehicles, for the development and supply of electric-powered chassis. As part of the strategic partnership, Winnebago intends to make a financial investment in Motiv, the terms of which were not disclosed.

“Winnebago Industries is a company that is focused on creating customer value through innovation and technology,” said Ashis Bhattacharya, Vice President, Strategic Planning and Development, and leader of the 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.”

Winnebago Industries has been a leading supplier of specialty and custom-built vehicles for more than 30 years. Offerings include commercial shells, Ability Equipped motorhomes, and specialty vehicles. Every Winnebago Industries commercial vehicle features an interlocking SuperStructure design creating a barrier-free interior and allowing for maximum customization. Available options include slide rooms, alternate entrance door locations, wheelchair lifts and cargo doors. Other integrated systems can include: air-conditioning, generators, solar panels, inverters, power back-up systems, leveling systems, toilets, showers, and plumbing.

Winnebago Industries’ all-electric/zero-emission commercial vehicle is based on a Class A RV platform utilizing Motiv’s Ford F53 based EPIC all-electric chassis and will be available in 33-foot and 38-foot lengths with a Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) up to 26,000 pounds. The vehicle is suited for urban and semi-urban short range commercial applications like mobile medical clinics, bloodmobiles, mobile classrooms and mobile outreach vehicles. Significant road testing has been conducted on the vehicle that houses six to eight batteries and delivers an expected range of 85 to 125 miles on a full charge.

“Motiv’s EPIC all-electric chassis, paired with Winnebago Industries’ highly regarded commercial shell, is the perfect fit for end-users who seek reliable performance and functionality,” said Jim Castelaz, Motiv CEO & Founder. “We are excited to collaborate with Winnebago Industries as we work together to grow the electric commercial vehicle market.”

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9 Comments on "Winnebago Unveils Electric RV Motorhome, But It’s Not For Camping"

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Assaf

FOOD TRUCKS!!!

Antonius

I want the Winnebago Man to do the ads. He’s still alive even.

Eric Schrader

RV manufacturers need to get the current production right before going electric. Hope you have a bad ass propane powered generator

ModernMarvelFan

They really need to put PHEV into RVs and it fits perfectly for their need. It can be a weak PHEV with slightly larger battery…

Nicholas

I’m suggesting them to our blood banks and for mobile clinics. Join me!

Nicholas

Join me and suggest them to your local blood banks and for city fleets!

Congrats Jim!

Troy

EV makes tons of sense for regen braking and accel assist. Retirees could ‘shoot and scoot’ between Walmart parking lots — if they had 1kW of solar on the roof, 8hrs of charging could give them ~20 miles of range.

What I want tho is a hybrid CNG/LPG FWD RV with independent EV powertrain on the rear axle. Seems like the best of both worlds.

Luke

The camper version looks like a killer app for serial hybrid architecture, if there ever was one.

meee

what type connector will RV use?