Lockdown prompted a surge in sales of motorhomes, but with the death knell sounding for diesel vehicles what future for the pastime?
German firm Dethleffs thinks it has the answer in the shape of the world’s first fully electric motorhome. The outside of the Iveco camper is plastered with 31 square metres of thin-film solar panels capable of generating up to 3,000 watts of electricity.
In order to make the vehicle as efficient as possible, Dethleffs has used so-called ‘phase change materials’ that absorb heat when temperatures rise above 26° C and release it when the temperature drops at night. The heat releasing technology is complemented by infrared heating panels built into the floor, walls and furniture. These heat up the objects rather than the air around them.
Even more environmentally friendly is the motorhome that never moves. Sawday’s is a family-run travel business that specialises in environmentally-friendly holidays. It’s Canopy & Stars website specialises in unusual alternatives to conventional camping such as treehouses, yurts, caravans and this charming static motorhome.
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