Winnebago launches new all-electric RV platform, initially with limited applications
Commercial vehicle manufacturer Winnebago, which is largely known for its motorhomes, has announced the launch of a new all-electric RV platform.
In its announcement pertaining to the launch of the new all-electric RV platform, Winnebago has revealed that the vehicle will initially have limited applications, and will, thus, not be usable as an electric motorhome for the first version of the RV.
For its new all-electric RV platform, Winnebago has entered into a partnership with Motiv Power Systems, a company which develops electric powertrains for mid-size vehicles. Motiv’s most noteworthy work has been its involvement in Ford’s Electric Qualified Vehicle Modifier (eQVM) program.
As a result of the partnership between Winnebago and Motiv, the new Winnebago vehicle has been created from a combination of the company’s Class A RV platform and Motiv’s Ford F53 based EPIC all-electric chassis. The vehicle will have a Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) up to 26,000 pounds; and it will be available in two lengths --- 33 feet and 38 feet.
Highlighting the fact that the pairing of Motiv’s EPIC all-electric chassis and Winnebago’s highly regarded commercial shell will mark “the perfect fit for end-users who seek reliable performance and functionality,” Motiv founder and CEO Jim Castelaz said: “We are excited to collaborate with Winnebago Industries as we work together to grow the electric commercial vehicle market.”
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