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Electric campervans and motorhomes

The future of diesel campervans?

From 2035, there’ll be a ban on the sale of new petrol, diesel or hybrid vans in the UK. That’s the plan anyway.


So with just 15 years to go, what does that mean for campervans and motorhomes? One possibility is that sales will go up now as people decide to realise their camping dreams earlier on.

Manufacturers, though, are getting worried because they rely on base vans from Volkswagen, Fiat and so on, and these – apart from one Nissan electric – are all diesel-powered.

VW’s concept SUV/campervan, the ID Buzz, is at least two years away. It’s actually quite akin to the Beach in its versatility. However, the problem is not so much the availability of electric campervans, but more the availability of charging points.

Fine if you’re tootling round town, but that’s not how most people use their vans. How will we tour long-distance in more remote and rural areas?

Obviously, tackling the climate crisis takes priority over people having a few nice holidays. So, we’re hoping for some effective solutions over the next 10 years. That’ll come partly from us campervanners rethinking our trips and putting some effort into handling the necessary changes. And we’re hoping especially for some serious investment in electric-charging, better batteries and vehicle design.

We’ll keep you posted.

Nissan’s E-NV200 has a range of around 125 miles (187 in the city). Would that work for you?

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2 Comments

  1. I do not understand the rush to produce electric vehicles which use toxic chemicals in their batteries. It has been known for a long time that current internal combustion engines can be converted to run on hydrogen. The result of the combustion, is not so very toxic, water. As hydrogen can be produced from water there will be no shortage of this fuel. If green electricity is used in the generation then all the better.
    Apparently Cheshire East council is converting some of its bin lorries to run on hydrogen, just to prove this is a viable solution.

  2. Undoubtedly things will change in the future. I, and I suspect many others, hope that the change doesn’t happen too quickly. We have a lot of cash invested in our vw campers. many of the van owners that I know only use their vans in the summer (I do about 3000 miles per year). I have always maintained that part of the solution to the climate crisis is far more investment in public transport for everyday travelling, commuting etc.together with online shopping and deliveries. The huge investment recently announced in respect of the virus shows that it can be done. only the political will is missing.I love my California Beach and would hate to see it go. I bought it as a long term option, and hope to keep it for many years.Surely more environmentally friendly than keep swapping and changing.One thing I would consider in the future would be converting it to electric – Can you even do that yet?

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