The Tesla Semi could make an amazing electric RV based on the specs Tesla released this week and how incredible these renderings of the electric truck look like an RV.
There is something about the idea of a fully electric and solar powered motorhome that is extremely attractive to many people.
You drive emission-free during the day and can power your life from the same battery that moves you. You can charge at night to do it again the next day.
With solar energy, you can take the whole experience off the grid.
There are several electric motorhome projects that are trying to give customers such an experience, but most of them are still in the concept stage or have a very limited range.
We recently reported on the new Mercedes-Benz eSprinter, which has impressive enough specs to potentially enable an electric ‘vanlife’, but what if you need or want something bigger?
The Tesla Semi could be an interesting platform for an electric RV.
The team at Jowu, a maker of interior accessories, thought so while watching the unveiling of the production version of the Tesla Semi this week, and decided to create renderings of what a Tesla Semi RV might look like:
It looks pretty ugly and an electric truck like spec to back up that look.
The biggest problem with most electric RV projects these days is that they have limited range. For example, Winnebago has built its own full electric motor home, but it only has a range of 125 miles.
With the unveiling of the production version this week, Tesla confirmed that the Tesla Semi has a roughly 900 kWh battery and can travel more than 500 miles with a full load at a total weight of 82,000 pounds.
A Tesla Semi would probably get even more range than an RV because it would likely be lighter than 82,000 pounds. Some of the heaviest 40+ foot RVs today rarely weigh more than 50,000 pounds. The Tesla Semi is heavier than most Class 8 trucks, but there should be a way to build the RV on the platform and keep the weight under 70,000 pounds, which should lead to increased efficiency.
You could probably go over 600 miles in a single day in a Tesla Semi camper without charging and then charge overnight. You would be able to cover impressive distances in a few days. All without emissions.
Jowua also created a rendering of the interior of his vision of a Tesla Semi RV:
It would probably require some cooperation from Tesla, but there should be a way to power the RV’s live functions using the powertrain’s battery. You add some deployable solar panels when you are parked for extended periods of time and doing business.
If Tesla doesn’t do this, I’m sure other companies will decide to build electric motorhomes based on the Tesla Semi – not unlike what Cyberlandr is trying to do with the Tesla Cybertruck.
In the same vein, well-known DJ and music producer Deadmau5 has stated that he will buy a Tesla Semi and turn it into a traveling music studio.
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