German-based Dethleffs GmbH & Co. KG presented its concept for a fully electric motorhome fitted with solar panels at last year’s Caravan Salon, and have followed up this year by with the e.home coco fully electric travel trailer.
According to a press release, the company is addressing the issue that electric vehicle batteries will likely not power both the vehicle as well as a camper trailer being pulled. The trailer has its own motor and power supply, which can then lower the load being placed on the EV in front.
An intelligent control mechanic manages the motor and cuts the tow weight to a previously defined number. Instead of towing the full weight of the trailer, e.home coco will equalize and put a strain of only 220 pounds on the pulling vehicle.
The 80-kWh lithium ion battery is integrated into the floor of the trailer, powering two 40-kW wheel hub motors. The trailer also features solar panels, which help keep the battery charged. The vehicle is designed with the intention of using it as a mobile power source.