Winnebago’s new electric camper built on a Ford Transit van just crossed a major milestone, completing a 1,300-mile road trip from DC to Minnesota

Brittany ChangJun 23, 2022, 00:20 AM IST

  • In January, famed RV manufacturer Winnebago introduced an electric Ford Transit RV with a range of 125 miles.
  • The RV just completed a 1,300-mile drive while racking up a $275 charging bill.

Calling all eco-conscious travel enthusiasts.

Calling all eco-conscious travel enthusiasts.

The Winnebago Industries e-mobile home on the road.Winnebago Industries

In January, famous RV manufacturer Winnebago Industries introduced the e-RV, an electric RV concept based on a Ford Transit chassis with a kitchen, bathroom and bed.

In January, famous RV manufacturer Winnebago Industries introduced the e-RV, an electric RV concept based on a Ford Transit chassis with a kitchen, bathroom and bed.

A rendering of Winnebago Industries’ e-RV interior.Winnebago Industries

Four months later, the e-mobile home is fresh from its first big test drive.

Four months later, the e-mobile home is fresh from its first big test drive.

Winnebago Industries

On June 16, the electric RV completed a 1,380-mile trip from Washington DC to Winnebago’s Minnesota headquarters.

On June 16, the electric RV completed a 1,380-mile trip from Washington DC to Winnebago's Minnesota headquarters.

The Winnebago Industries e-mobile home on the road.Winnebago Industries

Along the way, the vehicle spent a total of 26 hours on the road while stopping at places like Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Detroit and Indiana Dunes National Park.

Along the way, the vehicle spent a total of 26 hours on the road while stopping at places like Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Detroit and Indiana Dunes National Park.

A rendering of Winnebago Industries’ e-RV interior.Winnebago Industries

And because it’s fully electric, you didn’t have to worry about skyrocketing gas prices.

And because it's fully electric, you didn't have to worry about skyrocketing gas prices.

The Winnebago Industries e-mobile home on the road.Winnebago Industries

According to Winnebago, the RV cost $275 in charging costs while spending an average of about an hour at DC fast charging stations.

According to Winnebago, the RV cost $275 in charging costs while spending an average of about an hour at DC fast charging stations.

An EV charging station.Francis energy

And data from the long-distance drive is now being used to improve electrified technology as it is implemented in future RVs.

And data from the long-distance drive is now being used to improve electrified technology as it is implemented in future RVs.

The Winnebago Industries e-mobile home.Winnebago Industries

Let’s take a look inside the next generation of motorhomes.

Let's take a look inside the next generation of motorhomes.

The Winnebago Industries e-mobile home on the road.Winnebago Industries

Instead of using the Ford e-Transit as the base of his RV, Winnebago used Lightning eMotors’ electrical system to electrify his Transit van.

Instead of using the Ford e-Transit as the base of his RV, Winnebago used Lightning eMotors' electrical system to electrify his Transit van.

The Winnebago Industries e-mobile home.Winnebago Industries

The popular motorhome manufacturer’s advanced technology division spent two years developing this aptly named electric motorhome, which is divided into a galley, bed and bathroom.

The popular motorhome manufacturer's advanced technology division spent two years developing this aptly named electric motorhome, which is divided into a galley, bed and bathroom.

A rendering of Winnebago Industries’ e-RV interior.Winnebago Industries

The galley has all the classic RV kitchen essentials – like a fridge, induction hob and sink – while the bathroom has a toilet and shower.

The galley has all the classic RV kitchen essentials – like a fridge, induction hob and sink – while the bathroom has a toilet and shower.

A rendering of Winnebago Industries’ e-RV interior.Winnebago Industries

The RV has WiFi for remote workers, water heater and air conditioning with heater.

The RV has WiFi for remote workers, water heater and air conditioning with heater.

A rendering of Winnebago Industries’ e-RV interior.Winnebago Industries

All of this is powered by the 86-kilowatt-hour battery system, which can be charged in just 45 minutes.

All of this is powered by the 86-kilowatt-hour battery system, which can be charged in just 45 minutes.

The Winnebago Industries e-mobile home on the road.Winnebago Industries

The battery also allows the camper to achieve an honest range of 125 miles. That’s not far, but more than half of new RV buyers travel less than 200 miles, according to an April 2021 study by the RV Industry Association.

The battery also allows the camper to achieve an honest range of 125 miles.  That's not far, but more than half of new RV buyers travel less than 200 miles, according to an April 2021 study by the RV Industry Association.

The Winnebago Industries e-mobile home.Winnebago Industries

More information such as pricing will be announced shortly before the RV’s sales debut. But for now, Winnebago is keeping quiet on its future plans for RV electrification.

More information such as pricing will be announced shortly before the RV's sales debut.  But for now, Winnebago is keeping quiet on its future plans for RV electrification.

The Winnebago Industries e-mobile home.Winnebago Industries

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