Tesla Semi could make an awesome electric motorhome based on specs Tesla released this week and how well these renderings of the electric truck look like a motorhome.
There’s something about the idea of an all-electric, solar-powered motorhome that’s hugely appealing to many people.
During the day, you drive emission-free and can power your life from the same battery that moves you. At night, you can recharge to start all over again the next day.
With solar power, you can also enjoy the whole off-grid experience.
There are a few electric motorhome projects looking to deliver this kind of experience to customers, but most of them are still in the concept stage or have a very limited range.
We recently reported on the new Mercedes-Benz eSprinter have specs impressive enough to potentially allow for an electric “vanlife”, but what if you need or want something bigger?
Tesla Semi could be an interesting platform for an electric motorhome.
The team at Jowuaan interior accessories maker, thought so while watching the unveiling of the production version of Tesla Semi this week and decided to create renderings of what a Tesla Semi motorhome might look like:
It’s pretty badass and electric truck like spec to back up that look.
The biggest problem with most electric motorhome projects right now is that they have limited range. For instance, Winnebago has built its own full-size electric motorhome, but it only has 125 miles of range.
With the unveiling of the production version this week, Tesla has confirmed that the Tesla Semi has a battery of around 900 kWh and can travel over 500 miles on a full charge of 82,000 total pounds.
And the Tesla Semi would likely achieve even greater range as a motorhome, as it would likely be lighter than 82,000 pounds. Some of the heaviest motorhomes over 40 feet long rarely weigh more than 50,000 pounds. Tesla Semi is heavier than most Class 8 trucks, but there should be a way to build a camper on the platform and keep the weight below 70,000 pounds, which should lead to gains of efficiency.
You could probably drive over 600 miles in a single day in a Tesla Semi motorhome without charging, then charging overnight. You can cover impressive distances in just a few days. All emission-free.
Jowua also produced an interior render of their vision of a Tesla Semi motorhome:
This would probably require some co-operation from Tesla, but there would have to be a way to power the living features of the motorhome with the powertrain battery. You add deployable solar panels when you’re parked for long periods of time and on business.
If Tesla doesn’t, I’m sure other companies will decide to build electric motorhomes based on the Tesla Semi – much like what Cyberlandr tries to do with the Tesla Cybertruck.
In a similar vein, famed DJ and music producer Deadmau5 said he buy a Tesla Semi and turn it into a traveling music studio.
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