Nissan is now testing the waters by unveiling an all-electric camper based on the e-NV200 van to be released in Spain.
Motorhomes and campers are often associated with freedom. The idea that you can take your entire home on the road and explore the world is extremely appealing to many.
Electric campers would have the same appeal, but they could also push it to a whole new level.
Those vehicles are currently gas-guzzlers and all-electric versions could significantly reduce the cost of operation and the pollution from the segment.
To a certain degree, it could even elevate the level of freedom. With enough range, you could technically drive most of the day and park at a camping spot with service to charge overnight and then get back on the road the next day.
Several companies are starting to tentatively enter the space.
A German company recently unveiled a full-size electric motorhome prototype and Winnebago launched an all-electric RV platform. But neither currently have a good enough powertrain to make those vehicles viable electric motorhomes yet.
Tesla fans are dreaming about one with a Tesla electric motorhome concept based on Tesla Semi, but Nissan is now making it real with a modified version of the new e-NV200.
The vehicle was unveiled in May, but it went under the radar because it was only released in Spain:
Nissan unveiled two versions, one based on the NV300 van and another based on the e-NV200.
The e-NV200 recently got a significant upgrade with a new 40 kWh battery pack for more range, but we are still talking about a range of only 124 miles (~200 km) between charges based on the WLTP combined cycle, which is going to limit the use of the camper.
Nonetheless, it could still make sense depending on how people want to use it.
Francesc Corberó, communication director of Nissan Iberia, commented on the launch:
“The new Nissan Camper range will allow the most adventurous to have a balcony with views of the most incredible places in the world and enjoy the essence of traveling with family or friends,”
Customers can go configure and order the electric camper with custom features at their local Nissan dealership in Spain.
Depending on the success of the program, Nissan could potentially expand it to other markets.