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.Read the story “In 2020, Citroen, Opel, Peugeot, Vauxhall vans to be powered by electricity”
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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.Read the story “An all-electric van for goods delivery: VW I.D. Buzz Cargo (or a platform for campervan conversions)”
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Toyota vans are hugely popular in some markets, especially in countries that don’t have vehicle brands of their own. It is, however, quite rare to spot a Toyota campervan on the road, but starting in 2018, the situation may change in Europe. Toyota and British vendor Wellhouse Leisure have designed a compact campervan that is built on the Proace van.
Jucy is a car rental company that started in Auckland, New Zealand, but today has operations in Australia and in the U.S. as well. The company is renowned for its selection of rental campervans and motorhomes. In 2018, the selection is growing with electric campervans that Jucy will be renting to some customers to test vehicles on real road trips.
Many travelers who drive a motorhome or a large campervan in an unfamiliar territory may encounter roads that are too narrow, have low bridges, or are simply too bumpy and twisty for a large, relatively heavy vehicle. Following instructions of an ordinary GPS navigator may lead the driver to a place where it is difficult to continue and difficult to turn back. Fortunately, a few specialized navigators for trucks are available that can help.
Travelers who make long road trips often like to pack a bicycle along for excursions in city centers or old towns. Foldable bikes that don’t take much space inside a motorhome or a campervan are handy, and suitable for short rides. What if the foldable bike had an electric motor and was engineered like a sports car? The Gocycle GS is not only all that, but comes with many other innovations as well.
Ever since I read My Travels with Charley: in Search of America by John Steinbeck I wanted to know how the author converted his pickup truck into a campervan. Well, in the US, it was possible to buy a readymade cabin on a pickup truck. Now, a company in Germany is making cabins especially for European and Japanese pickup trucks. The latest model fits on a Mercedes Class X pickup, turning it into a small motorhome.