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The world's first all-electric campervan


World’s first electric campervan conversion was unveiled recently and has attracted significant attention

The all-electric, zero-emission campervan was created by British converter Hillside Leisure, who sourced a battery-powered Nissan commercial van and converted it into a true camper along the lines of its Dalbury camper, which is based on the diesel-powered variant of the same Nissan NV200 van.

But what makes this campervan so special is the fact that it is based on the all-electric Nissan e-NV200 and features an elevating roof and cargo area transformed into a living space.

According to Nissan, the zero-emission van has no engine oil, belts, gearbox or clutch and so buyers will see servicing costs some 40% lower than compared to its diesel equivalent.

And, because it uses electric hook-up (which can be installed for free at a buyer's house) to recharge the battery, the cost of 'refuelling' it is up to four times cheaper than diesel vehicles. Indeed if you make use of the hundreds of free charging stations across the country, the cost of refuelling can be even lower.

There are some downsides to consider, such as the 65-80 mile range, which means journeys need to be planned with recharging stops in mind. However, using rapid charge stations at many motorway services, shopping centres and some town centres, the campervan can be recharged to 80% in just half-an-hour.

Inside, the new campervan, which is available with one to four berths, features
  • Pre-heating control which can be remotely operated via a smartphone
  • Electric air conditioning system
  • 2-ring hob, 39-litre fridge, on board water tank and low voltage LED lighting
  • Swivel passenger front seat
  • Rear seat that converts from seat to bed in just a few seconds
Mark Cross, Director of Derby-based Hillside Leisure said: “We believe this conversion will be a first in the industry, indeed in the world, and the start of the electric revolution in our market. We went to great lengths to ensure delivery of the brand new Nissan e-NV200 electric van, which is the first one in the country, and we’ve used our in-house team of highly skilled craftsmen to create our unique campervan conversion."

“You’re probably thinking about the practicalities of having an electric vehicle as a campervan and will be curious about charging points. If you haven’t experienced an electric car then you’ll be pleased to hear that there is a fast growing network of charge points and technology already exists to help drivers find their next charging point.”

More than 1,100 quick chargers are already available to the public and have been installed across Europe, with 220 of those in the UK.

It is understood that some independent campsites will allow the campervan to be recharged at their sites overnight but we're still waiting for confirmation from the two main clubs about their policy of recharging electric vehicles on their campsites.

You can read a review of the Dalbury E from the pages of the January edition of Which Motorhome.


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