Mercedes reveals an EQV converted into a camper van
Mercedes-Benz Vans has presented an electric motorhome based on the EQV. The eCamper conversion comes from the Swiss company Sortimo Walter Rüegg AG.
The electric camper van is already available and features a pop-up roof, a sleeping unit for the rear and a kitchen module for the boot. As is usual with many camper vans, the conversion is modular, so customers can choose different interior and roof conversions. Mercedes has not yet revealed prices.
Sortimo is not alone in having converted an EQV into a camper van: Yellowcamper, also based in Switzerland, has also converted an EQV. Here, a main point of difference is that while Yellowcamper takes energy from the 90 kWh net drive battery for the power supply of the interior lighting and the stationary air conditioning, Sortimo has installed its own buffer storage for these that can also be recharged with optional solar panels.
Mercedes offers the EQV with two battery variants: The EQV 300 uses a gross 100 kWh battery, of which 90 kWh can be used. The WLTP range here – before the conversion with the additional weight and the poorer aerodynamics with the roof structure – is a maximum of 363 kilometres. The EQV 250 has a net 60 kWh battery that allows a maximum range of 236 kilometres. The conversion is possible with both batteries, but for holiday trips one would assume that the variant with a higher range is the better choice. Both versions are powered by a 150 kW electric motor on the front axle.
There are already a number of electric camper vans based on existing electric vans on the market in Europe. The Austrian conversion company Easygoinc uses the Citroën ë-Spacetourer for this purpose, and the vehicles are offered by the Munich-based rental company Zero Campers, for example. Zero Campers also has a camping EQV on offer on a subscription basis. VW recently introduced a California version of the upcoming ID. Buzz as the ID. California.
This electric camper van comes with a few nice options. Two solar panels with a total output of around 400 watts, can be installed by Sortimo on request. Daimler says that these are also especially light and ensure additional self-sufficiency since they charge both the starter battery and the auxiliary battery for camping. Other additional equipment includes things like darkened rear windows, interior lighting for the rear compartment, integrated USB ports, and swivelling driver and front passenger seats.