Aug 7, 2019 - 01:55 pm

Iridium presents electric RV with increased range

Eight months after its world premiere at the Stuttgart travel trade fair CMT, the Iridium brand will present the second generation of its motorhomes with all-electric drives at the Caravan Salon Düsseldorf (CSD), Germany from 31 August to 8 September.

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With the help of drive specialist EFA-S, Iridium has managed to increase the range of the vehicles by more than 30 per cent to around 400 kilometres, according to Thomas Gräter, Managing Director of WOF GmbH, the company behind the Iridium brand. “We will start our second generation with a limited edition of 30 vehicles that can be ordered at the Iridium stand at the CSD. Deliveries are to start in the first quarter of 2020 so that the vehicles can already be used in the coming camper season.”

The batties for the motorhomes use special technology with ceramic separators. The capacity of the electricity storage system is given by WOF as 108 kWh, the range is apparently 400 kilometres. The batteries can be charged on type 2 chargers with 22 kW alternating current or by direct current via a CCS connection. The current charging capacity is 50 kW, which is to be increased to 100 kW in the future. The camper is powered by a 150 kW synchronous motor with a torque of up to 730 Newton metres. Further vehicle data will be announced at the trade fair.

There, the second generation of the electric motorhome will be on display at Stand B66 in Hall 12. In front of the exhibition grounds, test drives are possible with a first-generation motorhome – by appointment only.

At its premiere in Stuttgart, WOF GmbH, based in Baden-Württemberg, announced that it would develop Iridium into the first motorhome brand to offer exclusively electric motorhomes. Until now, Iridium was regarded as the brand for high-quality premium motorhomes.

Update 30.08.2019:
Besides the above-mentioned 108 kWh version, the mobile home battery version with 86 kWh (with a 300 km range) will also be available for a special price of 159,900 euros at the CSD.  The Iridium partner for the drive train, EFA-S, can install various motors in the motorhomes in addition to different battery sizes. They either have a torque of 650 Nm at an output of 105 kW or torque of 730 Nm at an output of 140 kW.

It seems Iridium customers can also choose the total weight of the vehicles, which determines how much payload the motorhome has and what driving licence the drivers must have. Here Iridium offers three variants: 4,000, 4,250 or 4,800 kg. With the 4,250-kg variant, Iridium is aiming at the possibility that German lawmakers will allow electric vehicle owners to drive this weight: in future, they would be permitted to drive such vehicles with a new Class B driving licence.

Source: Press release and update via Email

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