Lastly somebody has put a kind of glossy, futuristic all-electric vans to make use of as a correct camper. In reality, the RollAway electrical RV based mostly on GM’s BrightDrop Zevo 600 industrial van is extra of a five-star glamper. You may’t purchase it, however you can provide electrical van life a strive by renting one for a visit round or past California. Not solely will renters relaxation straightforward with the peace of thoughts of a decent 250-mile (402-km) vary and California’s strong EV charging community at their backs, however they will be additional supported with the promise of five-star trip service. It definitely feels like a greater technique to dip one’s toes into the e-RVing period than spending six figures on a camper van with a leash of 120 miles (193 km).
Each time we see a kind of cool, conceptual next-gen electrical vans, whether or not or not it’s a Rivian, or a Canoo, or an Arrival, or one of many myriad different ground-up e-van ideas and prototypes on the market, we won’t assist however assume, “That’d make a killer camper van.” As a substitute, the worldwide electrical camper van market has been closely targeting under-ranged ICE-to-EV van nameplates just like the Ford E-Transit or Citroën e-SpaceTourer.
Sunnyvale, California-based RollAway has lastly gone and achieved it … or is doing it, a minimum of. It is changing the BrightDrop Zevo 600 into what ought to be a succesful, forward-looking electrical camper van you possibly can drive proper right here in 2023. The Zevo 600 seems to be to be a really RV-friendly platform – the boxy 290-in-long van presents a decent 250-mile (402-km) estimated vary and a voluminous cargo space with 600 cubic ft (17 cu m) of house and 6.8 ft (2 m) of inside peak. The Zevo 600 additionally packs all-wheel drive and as much as 300 hp and 390 lb-ft of motor output. GM says it will probably cost in 160 miles (257 km) in an hour.
RollAway’s preliminary inside would not fairly match the futuristic concept-car vibe of the outside, the way in which you’d see in an precise idea van like the unique Winnebago e-RV or the Thor Imaginative and prescient Automobile, it does completely look the a part of a high-end customized. RollAway’s pattern flooring plan, which can differ from the “next-generation interiors” the corporate says it would have out there when its leases formally hit the streets, is a basic rear-bed format with central kitchen and toilet areas and a eating/lounge.
RollAway will provide three totally different grades of van, beginning with a basic two-person queen-bed mannequin it calls the GlampVan. The LuxVan will probably be a extra upscale model of that flooring plan with a “spa-class lavatory, spacious dwelling/eating space, and upscale furnishings and decor.” The QuadVan can have a queen bunk mattress format that sleeps 4 folks.
Whereas the RollAway van inside is sort of luxurious for a camper van, what the corporate is de facto promoting is extra akin to a full-service lodge. An on-demand digital concierge service accessible with a swipe and poke of a touchscreen will provide customizable actions and itineraries, each upfront and alongside the way in which. Onboard Starlink satellite tv for pc web will be certain that renters are by no means out of service vary.
RollAway additionally plans farm-to-table breakfast packages, housecleaning companies, room service and extra. Some companies will probably be restricted to pick geographic areas, and a few will begin at a later date after the preliminary launch.
Moreover fairly successfully combining three on-trend journey and mobility classes – camper van rental, glamping and EV journey – into one, RollAway provides these a approach of experimenting with all-electric RVing and street tripping with out having to buy an costly camper van of their very own and with the backing of a hotel-style trip service.
RollAway launched pre-booking a number of weeks in the past and presents packages beginning at US$1,300 for a three-night keep. The corporate is at present promoting an early-bird low cost that drops the three-night package deal worth to $800 with a nominal $1 reservation charge. It tells us it expects to start welcoming the primary Zevo 600 “Suite on Wheels” camper van company in August 2023.