Winnebago Industries, Inc., an outdoor lifestyle product manufacturer, has completed over a 1,300-mile All-Electric RV Road Trip with the e-RV, the first fully electric zero-emission motorhome concept from a major RV manufacturer.
As per a press release, the e-RV was first introduced at the Florida RV Super Show by the company’s Advanced Technology Group as a fully-functional, all-electric concept vehicle that redefines efficiency, comfort, and functionality. The latest road trip further affirms the growing feasibility of electric-powered RV travel–the primary objective of the road trip.
The journey began in Washington D.C. last week following a successful exhibit at the RV Industry Association’s ‘RVs Move America Week’ and covered over 1,300 miles.
The journey’s highlights include visits to Harpers Ferry, West Virginia; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Canton, Ohio; Cleveland, Ohio; Detroit, Michigan; Indiana Dunes National Park; Chicago, Illinois; and, finally, Eden Prairie, Minnesota–the headquarters of Winnebago Industries.
It is the longest continuous road trip that has been conducted with the e-RV and is the first trip over 1,000 miles by an all-electric RV.
“Winnebago Industries has a rich history and tradition of innovation, and we see electrification as a continually evolving chapter of that legacy. We are proud to be a leader in exploring the possibilities of this technology in the outdoor markets we serve,” said Michael Happe, Winnebago Industries president, and chief executive officer.
The All-Electric RV Road Trip enabled Winnebago Industries ATG teams to evaluate further and record actual performance aspects and collect additional information that will be used to aid in further refinements as the technology is integrated into future production vehicles.
ATG members who helped design and build the e-RV had the opportunity to drive legs of the road trip, which provided learnings from statistics and customer feedback as they interacted with RV and EV owners at charging stations and nightly stops.
A few key stats from the road trip include:
- Total miles driven: 1,380
- Total drive time: 26 hours
- Average driving speed: 53 MPH
- Average charge time at DC fast chargers: 1 hour and 2 minutes
- Total charging cost: $275.00
- 60% cost savings over a gas-powered road trip1
- Average miles per kWh: 1.58 mi/kWh
“Our Advanced Technology Group was very innovative in our approach to building this first-generation e-RV. We are excited to apply learnings from the road trip as we continue refining, exploring, and innovating future iterations of the vehicle,” said Ashis Bhattacharya, Winnebago Industries senior vice president, Business Development, Advanced Technology, and Enterprise Marketing.
For further information on the e-RV concept vehicle, visit www.WinnebagoInd.com/Electric.
Featured image from Winnebago.