The Volkswagen Type 2 is considered by many to be the quintessential hippie vehicle, and the ones with the Westfalia camper conversions are amongst the most sought-after today. Those looking for a 21st century Westfalia should take a look at the U.K.’s Hillside Leisure, which converted the Nissan e-NV200 into a modern day camper.
Transport Evolved reports that the Derby-based firm already converts the gas version of the e-NV200, and it has made the electric van a whole lot more livable thanks to a pop-up roof, a 39-litre mini-fridge, two-burner propane stove, on-board water tank, and sleeping space for four people. Low-energy LED lighting illuminates the well-appointed cabin, and many highways in the U.K. are now serviced by DC fast-charging stations that can deliver an 80% charge in just 30 minutes.
While Nissan quotes a 106-mile driving range for the e-NV200, 80-miles is a more likely estimate, which wouldn’t get you far here in the U.S., but in the U.K. it’s enough to get you pretty far from the big city. They also gave it a new name, the DalueryE.
No cost has been set yet, but buyers can expect to spend between £32,000 and £40,000 (which includes the £23,995 cost of the van itself), or about $48,000 to $64,000 before incentives. Costly to be sure, but consider the alternative; many people end up spending $35,000 or more on their tow vehicle, plus the cost of a caravan on top of that. The U.K. also offers up to £5000 off the cost of an EV, plus up to 20%, or £8,000 off of plug-in vans, which takes off up to £13,000 (about $21,000) from the cost.
Once you do that sort of math, an electric camper van, even one with short range, makes a compelling case compared to the traditional caravan. Somebody should send Volkswagen a spreadsheet.