Volkswagen is seriously banging the drum for the electric camper van VW I.D. Buzz three years before its planned production. That’s fine. Give us all the information you have, VW marketing managers! The migration to electric vehicles is such a big and potentially long process for drivers of ordinary cars, but for people who take their electric vehicles on a road trip, the process is even longer. So, the sooner we have the information, the easier it is to prepare for the electric future.Read the story “Volkswagen drops new pieces of information on the electric VW ID Buzz camper van”
Mercedes-Benz wants to be ready in the EV market in all categories sooner rather than later. The German automaker introduced the Concept EQV van in early March 2019 as a concept, but confirmed it is going to production soon- likely by the end of 2019. The battery capacity, power output and available passenger/cargo space make it a van that is ready for road trips as well.Read the story “Electric van from Mercedes-Benz: the Concept EQV introduced, production in 2019”
A German entrepreneur has created an innovative product, Plugvan, that can turn an empty cargo van into a campervan in five minutes. Plugvan is a smallish container that includes the essentials of what makes a van a place to stay and travel. The container can be loaded on a van and unloaded relatively easily.Read the story “Convert a van into a campervan in 5 minutes”
Bigger is not always better on road trips and camping breaks conducted in campervans. Of course, there must be beds for all passengers and storage space for the essential gear, but a large campervan can’t go to the same places where small and light van can. German company Flexcamper has the ultimate solution for people looking for a really compact campervan: a fully equipped van for one person.Read the story “One person campervan Fiat Flexcamper is a miracle in space usage”
Having a compact campervan means more work when setting it up for a night. Many things have to be detached, re-attached, assembled or disassembled to turn the vehicle’s living area into a kitchen and bedroom. Large campervans or motorhomes have more space and features are always ready to use. Mercedes-Benz is envisioning a future for campervans where beds, kitchen and other features can be organized with the help of computers and voice control.
Read the story “Mercedes believes intelligent features are the future of campervans: concept Marco Polo”
Nissan has introduced an electric campervan e-NV200 in Europe (in Spain in early June 2018) that the company says will be available for summer 2018. Nissan Iberia urges people who have been waiting for an electric camper van to contact a Nissan dealer for customizing a road trip vehicle for them.
Read the story “Nissan e-NV200 electric campervan available in Europe”
Recently, one of my neighbors asked my opinion on second-hand camper vans she had bookmarked to be considered for purchase at an online car sales service. She had just retired and had always wanted to tour Europe. The most important feature for her was that everything had to be at the same level. No beds upstairs. From my own experience, I thought what would be the second most important feature for her, and told her that she really, really wanted to have a toilet in the van.
For years, we have heard rumours about Apple’s ambitions on creating an electric vehicle. According to The New York Times that has received confidential information from a number of Apple managers, many serious attempts to design an Apple vehicle, or manufacture one with an auto-industry partner have been discarded. Instead of its own car and design, Apple has now partnered with Volkswagen to manufacture an electric van for Apple from the Transporter T6 van.
Making use of a pick-up truck’s platform for camping purposes is an old trick, but a startup called Leentu believes it has a winning proposition. Leentu has designed a compact, light-weight camping system for Toyota pick-up trucks.
Volkswagen is already actively promoting its line of electric cars that are scheduled to come out of production lines in 2020 and 2022. The company is so confident that the I.D. product range electric vehicles are ready to fascinate reviewers that it is letting reporters to try them out. A reviewer was so excited about the ID Buzz van that he wanted to buy one right away. Here is the video.