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The great outdoors will soon calm down.
Camping World is teaming up with electric truck startup Lordstown Motors to develop a line of battery-powered RVs.
The partnership plans to launch a line of travel and fifth-wheel trailers that replace their generators with the type of battery pack that would be used on the Lordstown endurance electric pick, which provides several days of silent, emission-free power Will be able to provide.
“There are many people who want to lose that noisy, polluting generator,” the Lordstown CEO told Globe Live Media Autos.
High-end travel trailer company Beulus Road Chief currently offers an all-electric model, but it starts at $ 190,000. Camping World CEO Marcus Lemonis said he had something more affordable in mind.
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“The idea that it is a hundred and a few odd thousand dollars is not realistic for millennials which we believe is the future of our industry,” Lemonis said.
“It is also not affordable for retirees who want to enjoy America with their grandchildren.”
Burns said they would work with an existing manufacturer on the trailers, but would follow up with an even more ambitious all-electric van-type motorhome based on endurance.
The full-size pickup has a “skateboard” style chassis that includes a battery and full four-wheel-drivetrain, making it relatively easy to adjust to various body styles. Burns has also demonstrated how the stage can be run without any body.
An image of the proposed model has not been released, but Burns told Globe Live Media Auto that it would be similar to a Mercedes-Benz Sprinter or Ram Promaster, both of which are used for the Class B RV conversion. Camping World currently offers several Ram-based models built by Thor.
Burns said, “It has to be something that fits on the endurance chassis. And if you look at what other vehicle drivers have placed above the pickup truck chassis, it’s usually a big SUV or van.”
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The branding for the RV has not been decided, and Burns said that they could potentially sell it as a Lordstown and also offer it to other companies as a private label application.
As far as style is concerned, do nothing different from the usual.
“There’s not a lot of creativity that you can do with the body of a van. They are very straight, so I don’t think it’s a radical Cybertruck van you would see,” Burns warned.
Similarly, unlike Tesla’s unique trucks, the Endurance offers a relatively conventional pickup shape.
Although trailers are expected to be on sale by 2022, no timetable has been announced for the motorhome, but endurance will enter production next year with 600 horsepower, a range of 250 miles per charge and a starting price of $ 52,500 Going to do.
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