EDITOR’S NOTE: The following is an excerpt of a report by “Mortons on the Move,” a popular RV lifestyle social media network created by Tom and Caitlin Morton who are also co-hosts of “The RVers’ television program on the RV lifestyle.
One of the most common questions we get asked is, “what kind of fuel economy does your RV get”? It’s pretty easy to tell that RVs burn a lot of fuel. They are very heavy, rolling houses. However, because they do so poorly on fuel, this raises the next question by many: “Why are there no hybrid or electric RVs?”
While no mass-produced hybrid or electric RV models have come and stayed on the market, we firmly believe they are in our future. As an electrical engineer, I (Tom) have always felt that we can still improve much of our world by further electrification, but does it always make sense? This article will take a closer look at hybrid and electric RVs’ past, present, and future.
Are There Any Electric RVs?
While a complicated hybrid RV design is probably not in the books, electric RVs are on the horizon. For the same reason that GM stopped making the Chevy Volt in favor of all-electric vehicles, an all-electric RV could be more cost-effective and have many benefits.
Imagine driving to your next RV park plugging your RV in for your stay, and never having to fill up on fuel. We always have to plug our RV in anyway, so why not charge it up to drive? An all-electric RV would also have a huge battery bank that could enable all appliances to be electrically powered.
Most of the electric RVs are in the concept stage and are not ready for mass production. We expect electric RVs to be available soon but probably not until electric cars are more widely adopted.