Electric RVS, similar to any other type of electric vehicle, operates on the power from a battery rather than internal-combustion engines that run on fuel. The concept behind the electric RV involves a rig that uses high-voltage batteries that drives the electric motor so that it can move down a road. These batteries will have limited capacity (similar to what a fuel tank has) before they will need to be recharged at a charging station.
What Are The Potential Or Pros Of The Electric RV?
There are many reasons why several types of vehicles are about to go electric, but let us look at a few of the specific advantages of RVs going electric:
- The operation will be quieter while driving (meaning less fatigue when spending many hours on the road).
- Environmentally friendly, since there is no internal-combustion engine.
- The electric motor will provide significant torque, providing improved performance and acceleration.
- If (and only if) the battery will be used for powering the wheels and the motor, it could also supply the coach with power, meaning there will be more than enough battery capacity for powering the electrical needs of an RV.
- The drivetrain will require less maintenance since electric motors will have a lot less moving parts.
- Innovative floor plans and new designs may arise due to the customized chassis designs that have taken advantage of some of the unique features of these electric drivetrains.
What Are The Setbacks Or Cons Of The Electric RV?
Similar to anything else in this life, there are also setbacks when it comes to electric RVs. Here are a few of the cons associated with the move towards electric RVs:
- Range anxiety and range issues, especially if the “house power” is going to be supplied by the batteries or battery that is used for powering the motor. Over and above the concerns of not having enough range power to get you where you need to go, you may risk getting stranded by an unexpected drained battery (from using the amenities that use power in an RV), which means you might not have enough battery power in order to the reach your next recharge destination.
- Not readily available.
- Not enough charging station areas, particularly in some locations.
- Uncertainty. Electric RVs are new entities that do not have track records like the traditional RV chassis/engine combinations have. The concept might seem exciting, yet there are still many unknowns.
RV Wind And Solar Options
If you are an avid Rver that loves the thought of off-the-grid camping, or you enjoy visiting the campgrounds that do not provide power hook-ups, you may want to use solar panels to charge the batteries that power your RV. This is one of the best options for the RVers that prefer dry camping, or boondocking since there is never really any need to plug in. RV solar panels are available in several sizes, and each one is rated by how many energy watts they can produce. The larger RVs require more panels, but they typically have enough roof space to accommodate them. The solar panels are wired to the batteries/battery directly and to the charger/inverter unit.