RVs Are The Latest Machines To Adopt Electric Power

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This one looks the business.

As the electric revolution slowly creeps into every corner of the automotive world, manufacturers are scrambling to lap up whatever niche segments of the market are left. One area that has been left relatively untouched is the recreational vehicle market. The RV market has been dominated by major players such as Ford which now also offers RV conversions on its Transit Van, and European brands such as Mercedes-Benz with its popular Sprinter Van. Zeus Electric Chassis, Inc., in collaboration with SylvanSport, wants to get a foot in the door before the electric RV market explodes, and it plans to do so with this awesome-looking machine.

Zeus/SylvanSport
Zeus/SylvanSport
Zeus/SylvanSport
Zeus/SylvanSport

The plan behind this yet-to-be-named RV is to offer a recreational vehicle that actually has a usable range, and between Zeus' experience in building class 3-8 electric work truck chassis, and SylvanSport's expertise in adventure trailers, things are looking up. The two companies are currently working under the 'Lead The Charge' name to develop a range of all-electric RVs, and the spec sheet so far includes independent coil spring suspension, all-wheel-drive military-grade axles, and liquid-cooled permanent magnet AC motors producing a total of 290 horsepower and an insane 3,000 lb-ft torque. The vehicle is expected to weigh around 14,000 pounds and measure 25 feet long, 12 feet wide, and 10 feet tall.

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All these features and power specs sound great, but it is the range of project no-name that is the real clincher: 400 miles. We have no idea how Zeus and SylvanSport aim to achieve this impressive range, and there's no mention of battery sizes, but the vehicle is expected to come with a level 2 DC fast charging board. A fleshed-out concept is expected to be revealed within the year, and we hope to see those numbers unchanged, especially the impressive range. The only thing that remains to be seen is if people will be willing to buy an all-new RV concept from an unknown brand.

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