Solar Motor Home For More Sustainable Vacations
This story about a motor home with solar panels was first published on CleanTechnica
Move over, tiny house, and take notes. German-based motorhome manufacturer Dethleffs recent e.home, an electric motorhome concept, is solar-paneled, clean battery-powered, comfortable, and bright. How about that for a sustainably sensible option for the camping family or the retired couple with wanderlust and a conscience. It’s a beauty. The e.home is covered in 334 square feet of solar panels and has an estimated range of about 103 miles when fully equipped.
Until this choice, motorhome camping travelers were limited to tents or dependant on fossil fuels in choosing a motorhome. Well, this is still just a concept, but Dethleffs is looking to change that.
Futurism reports, “According to Dethleffs, the e.home’s maximum range is 280 kilometers (174 miles) rated on the New European Driving Cycle, while an EPA rating would likely put it closer to 225 kilometers (140 miles).”
The hitch is that both of those ranges are set without hauling weight. “Dethleffs claims a fully outfitted e-home that’s hauling weight would have an estimated range of 165 kilometers (103 miles).”
I’m used to that the range. It is possible to travel a bit, but it does take more time — but that is the point of a motorhome, to enjoy your time traveling, right? You need proper planning as well, for sure, but that’s part of the adventure, right?
“The Dethleffs e.home also maximizes efficiency by using phase-change materials to absorb heat and release it throughout the day as ambient temperatures fluctuate. Infrared panels throughout the inside of the vehicle also provide a comfortable, warm atmosphere.”
So, take your time and travel the greener way. It is doable and offers lots of walking or hiking while you charge — or leisurely artist pursuits inside. Catch up on all the books you want to read. “The battery pack lasts for approximately 1,500 charges — about 250,000 kilometers (155,000 miles) — before needing replacement. The e-home supports both level 2 and DC fast-charging, and the solar panels provide 3 kilowatts of supplementary battery-charging electricity.”
Every vehicle on the road needs to be electric or hybrid electric to lessen air pollution (pollution which causes deaths, illnesses, etc.) And there are more reasons to protect our planet’s environment, as well. Large vehicles such as motorhomes, semi trucks, yachts, electric buses, tugboats, and trains need to move over to clean electricity as much as (or more than) other vehicles, to help the planet breathe.