Good travel | Electric RVs for a cheap holiday?

High gas prices are forcing some recreational vehicle (RV) owners to reconsider their summer vacation plans. Can long-distance lovers go for models with electric motors to reduce bills and reduce pollution? Not at the moment. This does not prevent some campers from pulling a trailer with their electric car …

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Simon Chabot

Simon Chabot
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Facing gas prices of about $ 2 per liter, many campers will go far less than expected on their next vacation, according to a study by the Quebec Federation of Camping and Caravanning (FQCC). About 17% of group members surveyed on the web would camp near home, and about one in five campers thought they would stay in the same place for a long time to limit their spending.

But not all campers want to change their summer plans, if the sound of the FQCC is to be believed. On the contrary. About 20% of respondents will save money elsewhere to offset the increased transportation costs and 37% will not change their plans. After two summers when their movement was restricted by measures restricting the spread of COVID-19, the campers were thirsty for freedom, said Judge Louis Gagnon, communications director of the FQCC. “Since they can start traveling again, people will not help. Several campsites are already full for the summer. A

Horizon Lussier’s sales director, Marieville-based RV dealer Serge Maheux, believes that large motor buyers are not worried about gasoline prices. “When you spend $ 200,000, $ 300,000 or $ 400,000 on a motorhome, I don’t think it has any effect,” he observes.

The fact remains that with the ever-increasing price of pumps and an environmental conscience due to the climate crisis, small recreational vehicles are gaining popularity.

The trend is towards van cars, which are equipped. It is really that niche that is growing.

Lewis Gagnon, Communications Director of FQCC

And why not turn on RVs with electric motors? Because even though there are some prototypes, we still can’t find any in the market. Technology does not allow to offer products with adequate autonomy, says Dominic Nadeu, president of Safari Condor, a Quebec company that fits RVs in commercial vehicles.


Photo courtesy of Safari Condo

Dominique Nadeau, president of Safari Condo, who designed a trailer for electric vehicles.

It is not a good idea to go to Florida with a transit that can go 200 km from recharging.

Dominique Nadeau, Safari Condo

Even if GM announces the arrival of trucks with greater autonomy up to 640 km, it will be necessary to find out where to place the water and propane tanks if the batteries already occupy the bottom of the vehicle. “We need to study how we can adapt the products,” he saidMe Nadeu. For the moment, so we have no definite plan. A

A caravan in the air

  • Redmond Hayes' Tesla X and Safari Condor A2124 Caravan

    Photo by Sylvain Mayer, Newsletter

    Redmond Hayes’ Tesla X and Safari Condor A2124 Caravan

  • Redmond Hayes has driven more than 200,000 kilometers with his Tesla X bought in 2017, mostly by pulling a trailer.

    Photo by Sylvain Mayer, Newsletter

    Redmond Hayes has driven more than 200,000 kilometers with his Tesla X bought in 2017, mostly by pulling a trailer.

  • His Tesla range, about 475 km, was cut in half when he pulled the caravan.  That didn't stop him from moving to Florida.

    Photo from Redmond Hayes Twitter account

    His Tesla range, about 475 km, was cut in half when he pulled the caravan. That didn’t stop him from moving to Florida.

  • The Safari Condo A2124 Caravan is specially designed to be pulled by an electric vehicle.

    Photo courtesy of Safari Condo

    The Safari Condo A2124 Caravan is specially designed to be pulled by an electric vehicle.

  • The A2124 Caravan from Safari Condo is the result of a collaboration with Redmond Hayes.

    Photo courtesy of Safari Condo

    The A2124 Caravan from Safari Condo is the result of a collaboration with Redmond Hayes.

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However, Safari Condo, which also makes trailers, has been making an offer designed to be pulled by an electric vehicle for two years now. The A2124 is the result of a collaboration with Redmond Hayes, a retiree who bought a Tesla Model X in 2017 with the intention of traveling to North America while camping. Dissatisfied with his car’s performance with its F1743 retractable roof trailer, and after tinkering with a plastic part to try to improve it, Mr. Hayes was invited to work with the safari condo team.

Autonomy is not so much about the weight that one pulls as it is about pulling, but about the windiness of the whole thing.

Redmond Hayes, Traveler

After the virtual wind tunnel test, the safari condo was able to reduce the coefficient of the model made with the help of Mr. Hayes by 50%. “We’re talking about 15% energy savings – fuel or electricity – to pull the A2124 trailer,” explains Dominic Nadeu. Buyers of electric pickups will be happy to hear what more manufacturers are offering.

In 2019, Redmond Hayes pulled his new trailer, a 13,000 mile round trip, to California. Apparently, he had to stop quite frequently to refill. His Tesla range, about 475 km, was cut in half when he pulled the caravan. “I compromised because I wanted to prove that it was possible,” said the man who now has 200,000km in his car. But there is a clear interest in this method of travel যদি if you look at the number of people who come to ask me questions! A

Redmond Hayes will also be at the Safari Condo Stand for the next Quebec Electric Vehicle Show to be held from 13 to 15 May at the Old Capital Fair Center to speak to curious people. He promised to talk about the ups and downs of his experience. “There is a big downside to charging stations, he cited as an example of the difficulties of caravanning in electric mode. Most are not configured for vehicles with trailers. So the trailer needs to be unhooked to connect. A

A solar RV


Photo taken from the Solar Team Eindhoven website

Stella Vita concept

Students at the Technical University of Eindhoven in the Netherlands last autumn presented a recreational vehicle equipped with five solar panels that provide its engine block, but also a kitchen and even a television. Known as the Stella Vita, this RV has a double bed and a bathroom with shower, sink and toilet. It traveled about 2,000 kilometers on its maiden voyage to Europe.

Learn more

  • Between $ 200 and $ 300
    In Quebec, it costs $ 200 to $ 300 to travel 20,000 kilometers in an electric car. At প 2 a liter at the pump, this power consumption is about 12 times lower than a gas-powered car.

    Source: Energy and Natural Resources Quebec

    133,000
    This is the number of electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles powered on Quebec roads in February 2022. As of December 31, 2021, approximately 7 million vehicles have been registered in Quebec, including 5 million passenger vehicles and 10,940 motor homes.

    Source: Energy and Natural Resources Quebec, Quebec Automobile Insurance Company

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