As the main engine industry moves to fully electricthe campervan market is pursuing. Meeting Renault Hippie Caviar Motel, a new hotel KangooThe platform-based show car, designed to preview what an eco-friendly EV camper might look like, will make its public debut at the IAA Transportation show in Hanover next month.
Renault has revealed a Traffic-The camping truck concept is validated under the Hippie Caviar Hotel (HCH) moniker and this new version has been built from a Kangoo E-Tech Electric. Its platform is shared with Mercedes Citanand Renault are equipped with a 45kWh battery pack to provide a range of 177 miles.
This is well below the 186-mile claimed range of the standard Kangoo E-Tech Electric, likely due to the extra weight of the furniture and the HCH’s roof rack. However, an extra 106 miles can be added in 30 minutes, with the HCH sending 121bhp to the front wheels.
Inside, Renault claims that campers offer “the comfort and amenities of a five-star hotel” and uses a range of sustainable materials in its cabin construction – for example floors made from cork and recycled tires.
Elsewhere, Renault has installed multiple storage areas designed to house camping gear and sports sets, and has a dedicated ski rack integrated into the panoramic glass roof. The sleeping arrangement is served by a folding couch, which can be rearranged into a single bed.
There are no detailed production plans for Renault’s HCH models, but as this is the second show car to wear the badge, the company may be assessing public interest in this. If it reaches the showrooms, HCH will join the Volkswagen ID. Buzz in the field of electric cargo vans, resulting in a significant increase over the starting price of £33,055 of the Kangoo E-Tech Electric.
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