Electric campervans are making tracks on the vanlife scene in a big way. This is in no small part due to rise nomads and tiny home aficionados, who often list sustainability as a driving cause for their alternative lifestyles.
But eco-friendly doesn’t just mean guilt free; there are practical reasons to opt for an electric camper. Sure, electric charging stations aren’t quite ubiquitous yet, but they’re getting there. But with battery technology improving leaps and bounds over the past years, functional range has vastly increased–allowing you to go on your off-grid adventure without turning to a gas-guzzling Goliath.
Ready to start your 21st-century vandweller life? Take a look at our list of the best electric van conversions on the market!
Top Electric Campervans to fit your style and budget
The days where building your own tiny home involved sandbags and clay are (mostly) over. Now, you can roam the earth like a proper digital nomad in your kitted-out electric campervan.
Of course, they’re not all the same–far from it! Below, we briefly review 10 of the best campervan conversions which run on electricity
1. Volkswagen Type 20
I bet you weren’t expecting this to come up first now, were you?
Look, we’ve all spent a lot of time drooling (or fuming) over the new VW Buzz, which will soon be hitting a dusty highway or bustling city near you. But while we’ve been getting to grips with the new evolution of the world’s most iconic brand, something else has been lurking in the background.
The genius minds behind the classic Volkswagen Bus Camper have been working on a little beauty on the down-low–something that might make you feel a little bit like a kid on Christmas Eve.
It’s a glorious range of electric campervans that encompass all of the incredible features of the bus that we know and love, but with a new electric system that doesn’t require any tinkering with.
The Volkswagen Type 20 range of electric campervans will hit the ground running with 120bhp and 173lb-ft of torque. That’s a serious amount of punch for such a classic looking vehicle.
Speaking of looks, the inside of this camper conversion has had a major uplift too. You’ll find futuristic and psychedelic fixtures and fittings in both the cab and the living area. This is a nice way of paying homage to both the new modern elements that help to keep this machine nice and green; and the far-out vibes from the summer of love that made this camper what it is today.
We’ve cleverly left out a lot of details about this camper van. If you want to read more and see more pictures, then you’ll have to head over to our dedicated article on this VW Electric Campervan!
2. Fiat Ducato
Fiat have finally brought out an electric version of their incredibly popular camper van base, the Ducato. From professional builds to DIY dream homes, the Ducato provides people with a sturdy base vehicle to make their alternative living dreams come true.
You might not initially be able to tell, but the Ducato is the vehicle of choice for so many modified campervan models on the road today. Now it’s ready to become one of the largest eco-friendly rolling-homes in your neighbourhood.
Here’s a few stats to whet your appetite.
For starters, you can say goodbye to the notion of electric campervans only being able to travel to the local shop before running out our juice. The batteries in this beast produce somewhere between 130 and 230 miles (around 220 to 360km) per charge, depending on the model you choose. With electric car charging points in so many places these days, you’ll be able to cover some serious ground.
These electric campervans will have a top speed of just over 60mph, which is fast enough when you’re carrying your entire world around with you. And crucially, the Ducato will still have all the space and features that has made it rival the Sprinter camper van as the most popular conversion bed on the road.
3. Nissan Pop-Top Electric Campervans
Weekend warriors around the world rejoice! These Nissan Electric Pop Tops, otherwise known as the NV200 and the NV300, are the perfect vehicles for a day trip to the beach with the family, or an overnight stay in your favourite forest location.
Strictly speaking, the NV200 is the ‘fully-electric’ camper out of
With that in mind, let’s take a look at some of the
It’s also quite an affordable camper, coming in at a respectable £15,000 for the basic unfurnished version. That’s a great starting price if you’re thinking about doing this van up in your own image. Otherwise, you can shell out an extra £5,000 and have somebody do it all for you.
Each camper has everthing you might need to live comfortably in the wilderness, including a kitchen with enough room for a whole range of cooking accessories. The pop top provides that much-needed space for standing and cooking, and lets extra light into the living space.
If you love the pop top but already have a ride, alternatively you can check out these pop up trailers.
4. Iridium E-Mobil Motorhome
Luxury RVs might not be everyone’s cup of tea, but there’s no denying the brilliance of the next vehicle on our electric campervans list.
The Iridium E-Mobil Motorhome charges while you sleep, leaving you to crunch those miles the next morning bright-eyed and bushy-tailed. It works by combining a synchronous motor with a heavy-duty lithium iron phosphate battery (which we cover in depth in our camper van batteries article), plus an ingenious battery management system.
The E-Mobil can do around 200km with ease. Further bolstering your range is flexible-anywhere charging, plugging into standard wall sockets, standard charging stations, or even 50kw fast-charge stations alike. The exact time to full charge varies depending on which method you go for, but in any case it’ll be ready to go when you wake up in the morning!
The fact that such a big motorhome can be fully electric is amazing. And, if the Iridium E-Mobil can do it, then maybe we might see larger overland vehicles like the EarthRoamer Camper going the same way in the next few years. After all, having extra space to move around freely and to implement bulkier items like fridges, ovens, and sofas into your conversion really lets you stay off the grid in comfort for longer.
Sure, it’s a bulkier and slower option than the VW Type 20 or the Nissan NV200. But if you prefer motorhomes to panel vans, then it might be time to start saving up for an E-Mobil.
(For all of you hungry fact-finders out there, the E-Mobil is based on the Bela Edition P69 and will launch with a price tag around €169k.)
5. Dalbury E-Electric
You might have expected to find the Dalbury E-Electric in our best electric campervans list, and rightly so. How many other vehicles can boast an 80% charge after 30 minutes, a running cost of just £0.02 per mile? Or, which come with a home charging kit pre-installed for free?
E-Electric comes complete with an all-
We can’t say enough good things about these all-electric campervans from Hillside Leisure. From the nifty pop-top to the cleverly designed
Hillside Leisure have proven that camping doesn’t have to increase your carbon footprint. So if climate change keeps you awake at night, then grab your phone and order a Dalbury E-Electric to start cruising with a guilt-free conscience!
6. MOIA Electric Van
The MOIA is a unique electric van. While it’s not purpose-built to live in, it certainly could be!
MOIA is a German Uber-like company, building electric vehicles for those who want both luxury and space. Thus, they created this Transformer-looking van, which we can’t help but love.
We just wish MOIA took interest in the camping market instead of the taxi market. Imagine that, a batch of high-end campervans that you could rent out for the weekend. Now that’s what we want! Plus these things will look the part with a double bed, some technology and a kitchen in there.
7. Mercedes Sprinter
The Mercedes Sprinter is by far one of the most popular panel vans of choice by van lifers, but now it’s getting a serious upgrade by Mercedes themselves.
They’ve noticed a bigger demand from campers, and have begun working on a fully electric camper, which can be controlled by an app. There’s no news on an official launch date; but they want you to be able to set the temperature, open up the awning and even manage all of your mechanical problems via an app too.
This is something we can get behind, and something we think will be more common in the next five or so years.
8. Rivian RT1 Electric Truck
We had the privilege of seeing the Rivian R1T at this year’s Overland Expo. The model we saw was kitted-out with a tent on the back, storage underneath, and a pull-out kitchen for cooking on the go. One of the neatest features we saw was the extra compartments under the back seats, which allow for cool gadgets of for even more storage.
We can see this truck teaming up with an awesome rig on the back, becoming one of worlds first electric truck campers. It can do up to 400miles on one charge, and it can hit 60 mph in just 3 seconds… Clearly, this thing is VERY powerful.
9. Tesla Camper
This one is not official but it still works. The Tesla is becoming a very popular choice of vehicle for those living in the city, but one company called dreamcase has now turned your average Tesla into camper using a transformable bed.
And because of the Tesla’s swing-up doors and open boot, the bed can actually come with some cracking views. Admittedly there’s no pop-top, no kitchen and no toilet but it’s an affordable way to camp in your Tesla for a short period of time.
10. Neuron EV Electric Truck
Ok, so the last of our electric campervans might not actually be a campervan per se, but it would make an incredible conversion vehicle. And besides, it has one of the greatest front seats of all time!
How would you like to save the planet by driving a three-seater truck with a large panoramic windscreen and a single Jean-Luc Picard style captain’s chair? If the answer is “make it so”, then keep reading!
Neuron has a company ethos about creating safe and reliable vehicles for their customers to drive, so don’t be under any impressions that you’ll be hurtling through the forest at 5-zillion miles an hour in this truck.
The exterior profile looks a lot like a Ford F-350 crossed with a light show, which can only be a good thing when you’re pulling up to a parking spot in the dead of night. The bodywork also looks super smooth and sleek; it could be the most aerodynamic truck on earth (maybe Neuron could use that as their marketing slogan?)
The doors open in the classic GMC style to reveal a spacious interior with two luxury reclining chairs. Who needs a bed when you can sleep on one of these, right?
Multiple cupboards line the sides of the interior space and look as though they would be big enough to fit camping gear and more inside, and the truck is more than sturdy enough to be able to house a pop-up roof tent or tent awning. This could be an interesting conversion project, just don’t get rid of those amazing chairs!
Check out our full-length article on the Neuron EV Electric Truck for more details!