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Old 05-01-2018, 11:18 PM   #1
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Winnebago all electric class A

Just noticed this article in the Mason City (local north Iowa) newspaper.

Forest City RV manufacturer launches all-electric vehicle platform Forest City RV manufacturer launches all-electric vehicle platform | Business | globegazette.com
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Not very usable at this time. Buried down in the page:

The vehicle will house six to eight batteries, delivering an expected range of 85 to 125 miles on a full charge.
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I still think an all-electric RV is a ways away yet.

As that huge thread discussing an all-electric RV has discussed, these types of vehicles just don't have the range for RV use and the battery bank will add too much weight when considering it for RV application.

Remember, Winnebago also makes commercial vehicles and this one is geared for commercial use "suited for urban and semi-urban short-range commercial applications, like mobile medical clinics, bloodmobiles, mobile classrooms and mobile outreach vehicles."
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I was just commenting to DW, I wonder how it climbs hills?
I'm sure there's years of work to be done, but I guess ya got to start somewhere.

I worked construction in Chattanooga TN back in the turn of the 2000's. Their city buses were all electric back then. So, yeah, perhaps new to motorhomes, but not "new" overall.

It is interesting.
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Yes, very true that all-electric battery buses have been around for awhile now. The transit agency I used to work for now are using all-electric buses as are a lot of major transit agencies. When I retired, they were just starting to use hybrid buses. Proterra and BYD are the main suppliers of all battery transit buses in the U.S. although there are dozens of companies that are now making them worldwide.

They are obviously not practical for RV use as they have limited range before needing to be recharged and the heavy battery packs just don't make sense for RVs.

Nice to know that Winnebago is attempting to keep up with technology, however.
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