By Russ and Tiña De Maris
Interest is high in shifting away from fossil fuels as motor fuel. Still, a practical real-world alternative fuel vehicle for the RV lifestyle has so far been elusive. Enter Marcus Lemonis of Camping World fame. Marcus wants you to get an electric truck from Camping World.
Camping World has Endurance
A new partnership between the RV giant and Lordstown Motors, maker of the forthcoming electric-fired Endurance pickup, is now in place. Lordstown will make the truck, Camping World will service it, and presumably become a selling-point for the ‘lectric trucks.
With the usual level of braggadocio, the Camping World CEO spouted, “We can sell more than [they] can make!” The company says it will have a mock service call center up and running next June to support the truck, which will lead the release of the new rigs.
How many miles between “fill-ups”?
Will you want to get an electric truck from Camping World? With a suggested price point of less than $53,000, the American-built Lordstown Endurance costs less than plenty of other dino-fueled pickups. But what’s the real endurance of the Endurance? The company says they’ll be shooting for a between-charges range of 250 miles, a tow weight ability of 6,000 pounds, and a motor kicking out 600 horsepower.
That’s not a lot of tow capacity for folks looking for rigs suitable for something other than perhaps weekend adventures. And while 250 miles is “doable” for getting to the RV park, a question that always arises is this: What happens to the vehicle range when weight is put on the towball? And for those who plan on heading out not for an electrified RV park but for a boondocking adventure, what then?
Marcus Lemonis has an answer for that: A network of charge stations across the country. Where? At Camping World, of course! And to make the whole press release even more enticing, there’s the added hint of Camping World and Lordstown working together on an electric RV. That’s still “down the road” – but a teaser is always good to keep the interest going.
Just what is an “electric RV”? Visions of motorhomes with charge cords dance in your head? Nope, apparently the idea is an “electrified” towable unit. Car and Driver reports, “The first vehicles will be ‘Class E’ electrified travel trailers that are powered via battery packs instead of the traditional generator when hookups are unavailable.”
Now there’s a “gee-whiz” idea: Imagine, not using a smelly generator when out in the wilderness. Seems like boondockers have been doing that for quite awhile. These new rigs will sport lithium-ion batteries, standing ready to tote the electrical load. But unless solar or wind is available to recharge them, users will still need to bring their “electrified” trailers back to a shore-power hookup.