The polished aluminum trailer lays claim to the title of the world’s first all-electric RV to hit the market, with a not-cheap starting price of $310,000. The 27-foot-one Volterra has double the battery capacity of the company’s previous RVs, plus solar panels that let you charge remotely and “live off the grid indefinitely,” according to Bowlus.
The Oxnard, Calif.-based company wants to make your off-the-grid lifestyle look pretty luxurious. The Volterra is equipped with several luxury features, including heated floors, remote temperature control for heating and air conditioning, real wood interiors with vegan leather, memory foam mattresses and bedding in linen.
The RV’s Wi-Fi comes from Stellar Linka high-speed satellite internet service created by Elon Musk’s SpaceX.
The Volterra can accommodate up to four people between the bedroom and the living room seats that convert into sleeping areas. It has a “spa-like” bathroom with teak flooring and a stainless steel sink, as well as a kitchen with an induction hob, the company says.
It also packs a backup camera and 50-gallon fresh water tanks “for extended off-grid time or longer showers,” Bowlus adds.
The RV is relatively light for an RV, with a gross vehicle weight rating of 4,000 pounds. That means it can be towed by a wide range of trucks and SUVs – and if you tow it with an electric vehicle, you can skip all the gas station stops.
The Bowlus brand has an auspicious history. The company was founded in 1934 by aircraft designer Hawley Bowlus, who built the company’s first aluminum trailers. He returned to aircraft design two years later, closing the brand.
One of his employees, Wally Byam, used these concepts to build the first Airstream Clipper trailer in 1936, according to Curbed.