FOREST CITY — Winnebago Industries earlier this month completed a more than 1300-mile journey with their new all-electric zero emission motorhome, the first known trip over 1000 miles by an all-electric RV. The “e-RV” was introduced back in January at the Florida RV Super Show by the company’s Advanced Technology Group as a fully functional, all-electric concept vehicle.
Winnebago CEO Michael Happe says the trip shows that electrification will be a continually evolving chapter of the company’s legacy. “While we are moving toward a prototype stage in this product’s development pipeline, this recent accomplishment provided real-world validation that future consumers will absolutely be able to choose alternative power solutions to experience the outdoors then someday.”
Happe says the company will take what they learn from developing the e-RV and be able to use that with their Grand Design and Newmar recreational vehicle brands as well as Chris-Craft and Barletta boats. “Each of our businesses is focused on driving valued product differentiation in the future to enhance the appeal of our brands.”
The road trip lasted 1380 miles over a span of 26 hours. The average charge time at DC fast chargers was just over an hour with a total charging cost for the trip of $275.