The basic Airstream trailer goes electrical. Airstream dad or mum firm Thor Industries not too long ago unveiled an electrical trailer idea that would open the door to extra environmentally-friendly glamping.
Unveiled on the 2022 Florida RV SuperShow, the Airstream eStream idea makes use of built-in battery packs and an electrical motor to cut back the vary lack of electrical tow automobiles, or the gas economic system of gasoline or diesel rigs, Thor Industries stated.
Beneath the acquainted streamlined physique (which helps scale back aerodynamic drag, Airstream notes) is a drive system developed by ZF. The same system helped stretch the vary of an Audi E-Tron Sportback in an indication by German RV agency Dethleffs run final 12 months.
An electrical motor drives the trailer’s axle in sure conditions, permitting the trailer to push itself and thus scale back the load on the tow car. It will possibly even be used to remotely maneuver the trailer out and in of parking areas, Airstream claims.
Whereas the eStream is formally only a idea, expertise like this might show helpful in the actual world. EVs can see vary drop practically in half when towing, and most public charging stations cannot accommodate trailers. So something that would probably enhance vary could be a giant assist to EV-driving campers.
That will likely be very true as extra electrical pickup vehicles enter manufacturing. The Rivian R1T is already in manufacturing with an 11,000-pound towing capability. Manufacturing of the GMC Hummer EV is ramping up, with the Ford F-150 Lightning and others anticipated to comply with quickly.