The Tesla Semi could make an amazing electric motorhome based on the specs released by Tesla this week and how incredible these renderings of the electric truck look like a motorhome.
There is something about the idea of an all-electric and solar-powered motorhome that is extremely attractive to many people.
During the day, you drive without emissions and can power your life from the same battery pack that moves you around. At night, you can recharge to do it all over again the next day.
With solar energy, you can also take the whole experience off the grid.
There are a few electric motorhome projects that want to deliver that kind of experience to customers, 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 possibly enable an electric ‘vanlife’, but what if you need, or want, something bigger?
The Tesla Semi could be an interesting platform for an electric motorhome.
The team at Jowua, a maker of interior accessories, thought so while watching the unveiling of the production version of the Tesla Semi this week, and decided to build renderings of what a Tesla Semi RV might look like:
It looks pretty badass and the electric truck like specs to back up that look.
The biggest problem with most electric RV projects right now is that they have limited range. For example, Winnebago built its own full-size electric motorhome, but it only has a 125-mile range.
With the unveiling of the production version this week, Tesla confirmed that the Tesla Semi has a battery pack of approximately 900 kWh and can travel more than 500 miles with a full load totaling 82,000 lbs.
And the Tesla Semi will likely achieve an even greater range as an RV since it will likely be lighter than 82,000 lbs. Some of the heaviest 40+ foot RVs today rarely weigh more than 50,000 lbs. The Tesla Semi is heavier than most Class 8 trucks, but there should be a way to build an RV on the platform and keep the weight under 70,000 lbs, which should result in efficiency gains.
You can probably drive over 600 miles in a single day in a Tesla Semi RV without charging and then charge overnight. You will be able to cover impressive distances in just a few days. All without emissions.
Jowua also produced a rendering of the interior of their vision of a Tesla Semi camper:
It would probably require some cooperation from Tesla, but there should be a way to power the motorhomes with the powertrain’s battery pack. You add some deployable solar panels when parked for extended periods and in business.
If Tesla doesn’t, I’m sure other companies will decide to build electric RVs based on the Tesla Semi – not unlike what Cyberlandr is trying to do with the Tesla Cybertruck.
Similarly, famous DJ and music producer Deadmau5 said he would buy a Tesla Semi and turn it into a traveling music studio.
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