In 2020, Citroen, Opel, Peugeot, Vauxhall vans to be powered by electricity

peugeot electric van charging

Peugeot, Opel, and Citroen are among the most popular vans in Europe both for cargo and passenger transport. The mid-size models, like Vivaro, Jumpy, Expert, and Traveller, as well as the large models are often also used as campervans. Opel and Vauxhall even market a factory-built Vivaro Life for road trips and for vanlife lifestyle. Now, PSA Group that owns all these brands has announced that these mid-size vans will have an all-electric version in 2020.

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Amazon has ordered 100,000 electric vans from Rivian, a startup that’s building electric adventure vehicles

Rivian electric pickup truck

Recently Amazon’s founder Jeff Bezos announced that the company is serious with its environmental initiative that aims at reducing pollution. The company ordered 100,000 electric delivery vans from a U.S. startup called Rivian. The vans will be delivered to Amazon during ten years. 10,000 electric vans are planned to be on the road in 2022 and the last ones rolling along asphalt by 2030.

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Crash test dummies didn’t survive test collisions in new motorhomes

crashed van or motorhome, photo by mali maeder.
Photo by Mali Maeder.

Sales of motorhomes has risen rapidly in Sweden, and so have accidents where motorhomes have been involved. The Swedish traffic authority Trafikverket decided to test new motorhomes with crash test dummies to find out if these vehicles were as unsafe as they suspected. The results are bad. So bad that it makes us wonder why this hasn’t been discovered earlier.

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Volkswagen drops new pieces of information on the electric VW ID Buzz camper van

VW ID Buzz electric camper van on the road

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.

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Electric van from Mercedes-Benz: the Concept EQV introduced, production in 2019

mercedes-benz concept eqv 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.

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Convert a van into a campervan in 5 minutes

Plugvan campervan module

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.

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An all-electric van for goods delivery: VW I.D. Buzz Cargo (or a platform for campervan conversions)

VW I.D. Buzz Cargo, electric van for goods delivery

Top management of Volkswagen has spoken some big words about the future of the car brand in the electric vehicle market. The leaders have stated that when the company makes its entry to the mass market in 2022, the production machinery will crank out millions of vehicles right from the start. Compared to the e-car market size in 2018, it feels big, but that’s exactly how new markets are created and dominated.

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Nissan e-NV200 electric campervan available in Europe

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.
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