Thanks to merchandise just like the FX and Terranova, EarthCruiser is likely one of the baddest names in overlanding, from the Australian Outback to the American West and past. Now, the corporate’s confirmed plans to change into one of many baddest names in all-electric overlanding. Starting from the bottom up, it can develop a camper answer particularly for electrical autos, working to construct upon inherent EV benefits like clear, quiet operation and torque-heavy off-road functionality to create a well-rounded electrical overland camper truck for critical explorers.
With the a number of dimension modules it is constructed over time on each sides of the Pacific, it will appear that EarthCruiser may frivolously adapt a camper or two round a number of of the electrical truck platforms on or headed to the US market and name it a day. The Cybertruck would take greater than “light” adaptation, however the freshly launched F-150 Lightning has the identical dimensions because the ICE F-150, so why not simply put together one thing that matches each?
“Current products on the market that were designed for 100-year-old internal combustion engines are simply not going to work with the EV platforms being released,” EarthCruiser defined in an e mail and social media teaser it revealed Thursday. “The production and storage of thermal energy, overall weight and weight distribution, air/drag coefficient, and, not least, integration of systems to EV platforms with complicated interfaces are not necessarily addressed in the overland products available.”
So EarthCruiser will tackle them by ranging from scratch and growing an EV-specific camper platform. In truth, it is handing the duty over to a brand new standalone analysis and improvement staff it calls EarthCruiser Innovation (ECI), which can function individually from the present product staff in order to not intervene with manufacturing timelines for conventional EarthCruiser fashions.
That’s about all of the element EarthCruiser is giving up at this early stage, however the rendering it despatched out atop its e mail exhibits that it is initially visualizing one thing much like its GZL pickup camper from a number of years again. That mannequin is not listed amongst its present US choices however at one level was constructed for each mid- and full-size pickup vans. The pop-up camper within the rendering sits on a Rivian R1T and makes use of a full-length roof carry system extra just like the one on the Terranova camper truck than the wedge tops of the unique GZL fashions.
Whether EarthCruiser makes use of an inside format derived from the GZL, rearranges issues or blows up the mildew altogether and does one thing totally totally different from the rendering stays to be seen. The final time we seemed on the GZL – a quite quick 5 years in the past, it slept three to 4 folks on a mix of the over-cab alcove mattress and convertible dinette just under. An impressively space-efficient design, the camper additionally had a compact-L nook kitchen, a flooring drain entryway for showering with the pull-out kitchen faucet, and an obtainable rest room hidden away under one of many eating benches.
The GZL collection additionally made use of normal solar energy, the function most sure to hold over to the brand new EC EV camper. Among the varied overland-specific EV benefits EarthCruiser identified is the power for an electrical overland truck to “regenerate some of its own fuel” anyplace on the earth, utilizing the nearly common and limitless gasoline supply of daylight.
We additionally think about EarthCruiser would possibly comply with within the footsteps of different all electric-camping pioneers in equipping its camper to function utterly on electrical energy with out the necessity for LPG tanks. Electric home equipment like induction cooktops function prominently in such designs.
All-electric American camper vans do exist as uncommon ideas and rental autos, however to date pickup vans appear the higher guess for creating probably the most succesful first-generation electrical campers. Trucks just like the R1T and F-150 Lightning boast far more strong ranges than the primary electrical vans obtainable within the US and different markets, and higher off-road functionality. Chief amongst EarthCruiser’s duties in adapting such a truck to overlanding shall be retaining as a lot of the vary and efficiency as it could by maintaining its camper as mild and aerodynamic as potential.