The European motorhome industry is getting more electric, thanks to the recently launched Mercedes-Benz EQV conversion by the Swiss company Sortimo Walter Ruegg PLC. Customers can now have the choice of a zero-emission camping trip.
The EQV is the electric version of the Mercedes V-Class van. Sortimo takes this vehicle and offers a range of modular upgrades into a compact camper. It comes with a pop-up roof with solar panels that provide 400 watts of power to charge the starter battery and battery packs for auxiliary batteries.
The pop-up roof can also provide additional space for standing inside the vehicle, with an extra bed. There is a fold-out bed in the lower part that covers the entire vehicle when deployed.
Sortimo features a kitchen unit equipped with a sink, two-burner gas stove, a refrigerator, and drawers to store things.
There’s not yet any information on how the additional weight from Sortimo‘s equipment will affect the EQV’s range.
At present, Mercedes offers the van with two powertrains. The EQV 300 has a 90-kilowatt-hour battery with a WLTP range of 326 to 363 kilometers (202.6 to 225.6 miles). The EQV 250 has a 60 kWh battery that can go 213 kilometers to 236 kilometers (132.4 to 146.6 miles). Both are available in 5,140-millimeter (16.86-foot) and 5,370-millimeter (17.62-foot) lengths.
The EQV is equipped with an intelligent navigation system with active range management, so owners don’t have to worry about draining the battery. It also includes Mercedes‘ advanced MBUX infotainment software.
Sortimo‘s site doesn’t currently provide any price information for camper conversion to the EQV. In Germany, the van from Mercedes costs EUR67,818.10 ($76,922 at current exchange rates) for the shorter-length EQV 250. The most expensive variant is the more extended EQV 300 at EUR72,280.60 ($81,984).