Van life is booming. More and more people have been infected by the longing virus for freedom and independence on wheels, and not just since the corona pandemic. Get out into nature and preferably with zero emissions. Mercedes-Benz Vans is targeting this growing clientele and energizing the motorhome industry. Mercedes-Benz Vans has established itself in the motorhome market in recent years with the compact, in-house Marco Polo camper family; also as a basic vehicle supplier for motor home manufacturers worldwide – across the entire Vans portfolio. Now the next step is being taken in Stuttgart and the topic of the future is approaching – the electric and therefore locally emission-free future of the motorhome industry. The exchange with end customers and industry experts as well as cooperation with other manufacturers initially plays a central role. One of the first market-ready eCampers is based on the battery-electric EQV. The conversion comes from the Swiss company Sortimo Walter Rüegg AG, is already available in the dual-invoice business and includes, among other things, a pop-up roof, a sleeping unit for the rear and a kitchen module for the trunk.
With the EQV to locally emission-free van life pleasure
Mercedes-Benz Vans is consistently electrifying all model series. The portfolio, which is already available on the market, also includes the EQV – the battery-electric counterpart of the V-Class mid-size van. The EQV is available with two different battery variants: the EQV 300 with a 90 kWh battery and a WLTP range of 326-363 kilometers and the EQV 250 with a 60 kWh battery and a WLTP range of 213-236 kilometers. Both models are available in two lengths (5,140 cm or 5,370 cm). At the fast charging station, for example, the EQV 300 charges from ten to 80 percent in around 45 minutes. In addition, the EQV is integrated into an electromobile ecosystem of intelligent navigation with active range management and cloud-based services and apps. The MBUX (Mercedes‑Benz User Experience) infotainment system serves as the central control unit. With these qualities, it offers a wide range of uses for a wide variety of customer needs and locally emission-free – including recently also for vanlifers, as the company Sortimo Walter Rüegg AG shows together with Mercedes-Benz Vans.
Conversion concept by Sortimo with solar modules for additional sustainability and self-sufficiency
Sortimo’s conversion concept is modular. If you pull out all the stops, you get a pop-up roof with a roof bed and a multifunctional box with a sleeping and kitchen unit. This can be found in the trunk of the vehicle. The kitchen unit uses a drawer system and includes, among other things, a sink facility, two gas-powered removable hobs, a cool box and drawers for cutlery, cooking accessories and supplies. The sleeping system is mounted above the kitchen unit. In just a few simple steps, this can be unfolded into a lying surface that is precisely tailored to the vehicle width of the EQV. When folded, the rear seats can be used without restrictions. The special feature of the camping modules is their lightweight construction. This pays off particularly when used in an electric van, because every kilo saved means more range. The two solar panels with a total output of around 400 watts, which Sortimo can install on request, are therefore particularly light and ensure additional self-sufficiency. They charge both the starter battery and the additional battery for camping. Other equipment includes: tinted rear windows, interior lighting for the rear, including integrated USB sockets, and rotating driver and front passenger seats. With the optionally available three-seater/seater bench, the EQV also meets basic camping requirements ex works. www.mercedes-benz.de; www.sortimo.ch
You can find this and other articles on the subject of mobility 4.0 electrically-connected-autonomously in the current issue of the eMove360° magazine in german language (free download PDF).