October 17, 2019

Are greener RVs coming? Winnebago invests big in electric technology

Although years behind the auto industry, the RV industry is finally making making strides in efficiency and green technology. In the latest eco-friendly news, Winnebago Industries has announced that they will help fund the expansion of Motiv Power Systems, a provider of all electric commercial chassis. Love campers and trailers? Come join our community group.

Motiv Power Systems has secured $60 million in equity funding with a series B round of investment led by Winnebago and GMAG Holdings Corp. As the first minority investment that Winnebago has made in over 60 years of operation, the funds will support the growth of Motiv, aid in the opening of a new engineering and manufacturing facility in Detroit, Michigan, and facilitate further growth in the company’s large-fleet customer segment.
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The RV industry has been slow to adopt electric technology, and the innovations that have occurred are stemming from Europe. In recent years we’ve seen a few eco-friendly concept RVs, like an RV covered in solar panels or a travel trailer that can be towed by an electric car. Most recently, a German company debuted the world’s first manufactured electric camper with a decent range of 249 miles. In the U.S., however, the closest thing to an electric camper is the yet to be produced Rivian truck that features a kitchen and tent for overland camping.