Looking to capitalize on the transition to electrification happening across the entire automotive industry, Thor Industries has unveiled a concept electric vehicle (EV) charging station designed specifically for electric recreational vehicles (eRVs).
The concept allows for pull-through eRV-compatible chargers in destinations where RV owners are likely to visit. The space would accommodate RVs from small travel trailers towed by EVs to the largest Class A motorhomes that are electric.
The electric RV concept is one of multiple initiatives the company is pursuing to deliver infrastructure for RV users in North America. This includes the charging station concept along with efforts to support the RV Industry Association’s work with the federal and state governments to invest in the installation of eRV-compatible stations.
The RV stations will differ from traditional gas stations and other EV charging stations with:
- Wide aisles
- Room to maneuver a large RV
- Play areas
- Picnic areas
- Natural landscaping
- Rain harvesting systems
- Solar panels
- Recycling containers
According to an RV Industry Association white paper, some $7.5 billion federal EV funding will be needed by the state and tribal governments to build eRV-compatible pull-through charging stations to meet the demand expected in this sector in the coming years.