Airstream and Porsche Unveil Slippery Travel Trailer Targeting EV Owners
In an ever-changing world, the mantra “adapt or die” has perhaps never been more true. Airstream – the company responsible for what could easily be called the world’s most recognisable travel trailer – has taken that philosophy to heart. “Our customer base is about twice as likely to own an EV than the general population,” explains Airstream’s CEO, Bob Wheeler.
“Towing a travel trailer cuts down on the range. Weight and aerodynamics play a big part in that.” To satisfy the needs of its customers, Airstream turned to renowned auto manufacturer Porsche for help in coming up with a trailer. The concept trailer debuted at SXSW in Austin, Texas. To match up to that lifestyle, Airstream’s eStream concept features an electrified powertrain of its own, which will help boost the range of an EV towing the trailer.
“We understand this future is coming,” said Wheeler of the move toward EVs. “It’s already here and it’s continuing to grow. We know that our owners do not part in campgrounds for summers or seasons; they’re on the road.” The trailer’s powertrain can also be used to adjust the location when unhitched.
With the help of Porsche, Airstream also redesigned the trailer’s aerodynamics – which actually resulted in a trailer that you may not initially recognise as an Airstream. Where the original had a rounded rear end, the eStream has more of a flat design because that helps to boost aerodynamics. The concept also makes use of composite materials for their lighter weight. To further reduce drag, the eStream did away with the rivet look as well. The concept trailer measures in at a size similar to Airstream’s 16-foot Caravel, but this travel trailer will actually fit in your garage. An insulated pop-up roof adds extra space if you need it.
On the inside, the trailer is thoroughly modern, with integrated features like a bathroom with a swivel door and a kitchenette with a two-burner cooktop and sink. The dinette folds into a bed and overhead storage bins provide plenty of room.
“We really fell in love with this thing during this process, and we’re actively trying to figure out how we can produce it,” states Wheeler. “We’re challenging ourselves to find out how we can build this effectively, to produce something that’s identical to this or very similar for the customer of the future.” Rest assured, Airstream is intent on adapting for a new generation of camping enthusiasts.
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