In The News – The World’s First All-Electric Modular Campervan
Launch Of the Toyota Proace REVOLUTION
The Toyota Proace Revolution is the world’s first all-electric modular campervan. The new Proace Eco REVOLUTION has a range of up to 205 miles in the 75kW version, which we exceeded when driving from Denny to Birmingham to attend the Caravan, Camping & Motorhome Show, by achieving 215 miles. The 50kW version has a published range of 144 miles. It comes with up to 355W of solar power and a 24v 230AH lithium leisure battery to keep things like the induction hob, fridge, lights and zero-emissions heating going for days on end.
The campervan’s design means the seats and kitchen can be removed/attached to allow owners to switch between a seven-seat MPV and four-berth camper.
The high-power leisure battery can be fully recharged in just 48 minutes, when using a rapid charger, keeping campers happy and on the open road for longer. It utilizes lightweighting technology to squeeze as much range as possible and comes with highly efficient infra-red heating, and an ultra-cosy heated bed.
On top of its impressive environmental credentials, the Proace Eco REVOLUTION also scores big on flexibility - with unrivalled multipurpose, multi-seat facilities. Its ingenious design allows the seats, bed and kitchen to be easily removed/attached for seamless switching between a 7-seat MPV, a 4-berth camper or a van for transporting goods or equipment. This offers the best of all possible worlds, with campervan owners no longer having to own and run a campervan as well as a family car - so reducing emissions and costs all year round, while saving the carbon footprint on the manufacture of a second vehicle.
Gary Hayes, CampervanCo Founder & CEO
Gary Hayes, CEO and founder of CampervanCo said “We are extremely proud to be launching the first fully zero-carbon, all-electric campervan. We have seen a huge increase in demand for hybrid and electric eco-campers since we launched them in 2016. Virtually every enquiry we receive is from someone who wants to minimise their carbon footprint, and visits to our website have increased six-fold since the summer.
“There are three elements to decarbonising campervans and we are the first to achieve all three. These are zero emissions on the drivetrain, zero emissions from off-grid leisure use, such as heating, lighting, refrigeration and cooking; and having a vehicle that can fulfil multiple roles for everyday use. Unlike other campervans, the Proace Revolution has the flexibility to be a daily family vehicle for up to seven people.”
Cabinet Secretary for Net Zero, Energy and Transport
The story was covered by the Herald, with their article which states The campervan holiday has long been appealing to Scots and Brits attracted to staycations, but their popularity rocketed over the Covid pandemic and UK sales in 2021 rose by 8 per cent to more than 16,000.
The campervan holiday has long been appealing to Scots and Brits attracted to staycations, but their popularity rocketed over the Covid pandemic and UK sales in 2021 rose by 8 per cent to more than 16,000.
Motorhome Matt Spotify Podcast
The REVOLUTION was featured by Motorhome Matt on his Spotify podcast:
A new AND affordable all-electric multi-purpose campervan?!
With many innovative features such as a heated bed which is more efficient for heating people and a removable kitchen unit for alfresco dining, I believe this CampervanCo electric campervan is a revolution in our market!
AutoEvolution wrote that Campervan is the leading campervan retailer in Scotland, and one of the largest in the UK, with years of experience in van conversions. For these, it uses mostly high-quality second-hand Japanese vans, still offered with a valid manufacturer’s warranty. In a bid for more sustainable travel and to pave the way for fully electric RVs, in 2016, the the company introduced low-emissions hybrid campervans. The latest addition to the lineup is the embodiment of this commitment to achieve zero-emissions and off-grid camping, with extra customization possible to suit a variety of needs and budgets.
This is the Eco Revolution, which the company spells as Eco REVOLUTION for the obvious reasons. It’s billed as “our lightest and lowest carbon-emitting campervan to date” and “world’s first production zero-emissions campervan,” with added functionality for everyday use. It uses as base the all-electric Toyota Proace van offered with two battery options: the standard version comes with a 50kWh battery pack and an estimated range of 144 miles (231.8 km), with a possible upgrade to 75 kWh and an estimated range of 205 miles (330 km).
That might not sound like a lot, especially if you’re a frequent traveller who gets more daily miles on an ICE (internal combustion engine) vehicle, but it’s a decent start. Plus, when Winnebago introduced the e-RV concept in the summer of 2022, which was based on a Ford Transit van, it did so with the mention that recent studies and polls had shown that most RV buyers preferred to make trips of under 200 miles (322 km).
Campervan Co has long been one of the world's premier hybrid camper van innovators, with years of experience developing hybrid and "tribrid" camper vans. Now the Scottish shop has brought some of that world-leading innovation to the pure-electric RVing market. Its new Toyota Proace Electric-based Eco Revolution relies on a solar-assisted dual-battery architecture for zero-emissions touring and camping. To ensure its 205-mile (330-km) electric powertrain doesn't go to waste back in the city, Campervan Co has given the Revolution a convertible interior that can seat up to seven people.
It's not surprising that Campervan Co's first all-electric camper van is based on the Proace Electric. The company has been converting imported Japanese-market Toyota Alphard Hybrid vans since it introduced the Eco Pioneer in 2016. The relationship continues seamlessly into the all-electric future as Campervan Co builds each Eco Revolution atop a brand-new electric Proace that offers up to 205 miles (330 km) of WLTP range when equipped with a 75-kWh battery or 143 miles (230 km) with a 50-kWh pack.
The Proace is the Toyota-badged variant of the PSA/Stellantis Group's midsize van also marketed as the Citroën Jumpy, Peugeot Expert, Opel/Vauxhall Vivaro and, more recently, Fiat Scudo. We've seen campers based on the electric versions of a few of those commercial vans or their passenger van equivalents, including the Vauxhall and Citroën, but this is the first Proace Electric conversion we've seen and certainly one of the first all-electric Toyota camper vans in the world.