The whole point of RVing is to get out and enjoy nature, but when doing so helps contribute to pollution that is wreaking havoc on our environment, that pursuit might feel a bit hypocritical. But before you give in to that growing guilt, take a moment to take in the newly announced Thor Industries Electric RV.
Based on Ford’s Transit full-size van, the Vision Vehicle by Thor Industries offers an impressive 300 miles of range. You might wonder how something so large—and don’t forget comfortably outfitted—could possibly offer that many miles. The credit goes to the concept RV’s hybrid powertrain. The electric vehicle offers a “high-capacity” battery pack equipped with a “range-extender” that has its own onboard fuel cell that can be powered by a variety of fuels, including hydrogen.
The RV also comes equipped with solar panels for constant replenishment of power. The powertrain is controlled and monitored from a custom dashboard that features a digital cluster in front of the driver as well as an infotainment screen mounted in the centre of the dash. The top corners of the dash also feature a pair of displays that show what’s happening in view of the RV’s rear-facing cameras.
Travelling 300 miles at a time can be done in true luxury thanks to the interior trappings. The living quarters include a kitchen setup complete with a large display that neatly stores inside the cabinet under the countertop. There are also frosted glass windows to offer a tad bit more privacy when needed. Thor unveiled the Vision Vehicle alongside their new eStream electric trailer at the Tampa RV Show and plans to make the vehicle commercially ready in 2023. But this sounds like it will just be the tip of the iceberg for the company.
Thor CEO Bob Martin shared, “Early on, we determined that success for us would not be to simply put our name on the side of an electric chassis built by a third-party electric chassis manufacturer. Instead, as the industry leader, we harnessed emerging technology and co-developed flexible, scalable and customizable platforms on which our family of companies will build distinct products, providing a best-in-class RV user experience.”