Towing a heavy camping trailer behind an electric car or pick-up decimates the vehicles' driving range. But not if you own an eStream.
Camping trailers are all the rage as more and more people crave an outdoor retreat, but it's hard to make it to the outback if your EV battery is dead when you're only halfway there.
So, it's good news that art-deco icon Airstream has a new concept camper, one that’s designed to head off multiple problems. The 22-foot eStream camper features a built-in battery pack and dual electric motors that lets the trailer pull its own weight en route to the great outdoors.
Better yet, Airstream has also removed other obstacles that can intimidate newcomers. When the trailer gained the ability to move under its own power, it also gained the ability for customers to drive it right up to the tow vehicle’s hitch using an app on a tablet.
Fear backing a trailer? No worries, the eStream can back itself into its spot, also using the tablet app. “Backing a trailer is one of the most intimidating things for new customers,” says Airstream vice president McKay Featherstone. “With one finger you can drive the trailer into a spot.”
eStream's giant battery pack has other benefits. If you really want to take the road less traveled, that means avoiding the campground with the power outlets that provide all the comforts of home while living in the trailer. You don't need to hitch up to the grid anymore and can truly head out into the wild.
Industry experts reckon this idea will be utilised by electric pickup trucks like the Rivian R1T and Ford F-150 Lightning so that their trailers, if not an eStream, will be able to power themselves too.