By Russ and Tiña De Maris
Last month we talked about Iridium, a “coming soon” electric motorhome to be released to the European marketplace next year. We were a bit concerned about the top-of-the-line Iridium which promises a 249 miles between charges.
A YouTube.com release shows a bit more about this interesting rig, including a walk-through view of the rig and a test drive. The video speaks for itself, so we’ll let you get into it momentarily. However, one thing that came out in the video is the matter of charge times.
Using a Tesla-style charge system, a charge-up could take a couple of hours. Don’t suppose that’s too bad – you can grab a bite, play a few hands of cards, then off you go. What about other charge systems? The comment was made that other commercial vehicle charge stations could take perhaps five hours to do a charge-up. That’s a mite more in our estimation. But what about charging up at the campground? There’s where matters take a completely different turn: “Overnight. Perhaps even a couple of days,” is the proffered response.
A couple of days charge time may be OK for those who are making a slow trip. Run a couple of hundred miles, pull into the campground, stay two days, then do another leg of a couple of hundred miles. But in terms of the average U.S. RVer, in our opinion, there’s a bit of room for technological advancement. Yes, we too see the day when our diesel pickup will probably get the old heave-ho. The handwriting is on the wall, and the future – in the unknowable but approaching distance – means a complete overhaul of how we do business under the hood. For now, we’re still expressing “Fill ‘er up” in terms of taking 10 minutes out of our travel schedule.