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4 February 2020
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AL-KO Vehicle Technology presents new E-Mobility for future caravans and motorhomes

The new Hybrid Power Chassis and Next Generation Caravan Platform from AL-KO Vehicle Technology’s E-Mobility range will be of great interest to the future of the global caravan industry.

AL-KO’s newest plant in Deffingen near Günzburg, Germany, is already dedicated to the electrification of two vehicle models and is producing up to 40 vehicles per day.

To demonstrate electromobility innovations for future motorhomes and caravans, AL-KO has developed the Hybrid Power Chassis and the Next Generation Caravan Platform in conjunction with Huber Automotive AG .

The Hybrid Power Chassis shows how E-mobility and an internal combustion engine can be optimally connected for motorhomes with a battery capacity designed for an all-electric range between 50 and 100 km.

The concept is based on the variable AL-KO lightweight chassis to enable modular use of battery packs as well as E-drive components. At the same time, it offers optimum protection for the batteries. The electrical rear axle van be engaged with a peak power of 90 kW, if required.

By the second half of 2020, the first configurations of the HPC® for motorhomes using the Fiat Ducato should be available with approval for specific use.

The Hybrid Power Chassis fully meets or even exceeds the high range of a fueldriven motorhome. The internal combustion engine of the vehicle is used without any restrictions and can be supported by the E-drive for better acceleration values as well as a saving in fuel and CO2 reduction of up to 30 percent can be achieved.

A plug-in charging function guarantees flexible, fast charging. A journey can be started with fully charged batteries without any exhaust emissions.

Motorhomes with the HPC® platform therefore meet the prerequisites for country-specific requirements and approval with E-mark in Germany.

A further development for even greater comfort and more ecological driving is already underway: Using GPS, the system should be able to detect designated environmental zones in fully automatic mode and automatically switch to emission-free mode.

The Next Generation Caravan Platform addresses the issue of the range of electric vehicles reducing significantly when connected to a traditional caravan or trailer – sometimes by up to 70 percent.

This solution from AL-KO for range problems is an electrical 48 volt drive integrated in the chassis of the trailer. By actively supporting the towing vehicle, the range of an electric vehicle is increased. In fuel-driven vehicles, E-support in the future caravan chassis offers a reduction in fuel consumption and CO2 emissions.

The next generation trailer platform is designed for trailers and caravans up to 3.5 tonnes.

Thanks to recuperation in braking/overrun mode, driving with electric cars becomes more efficient and ecological. An intelligent system architecture ensures situation-specific, electronic vehicle combination stabilization in no time at all.

Thanks to the recuperation, brake support is provided when driving on mountain passes, whereby continual braking is more comfortable and exerts lower wear on downhill sections.

The driven trailer axle serves as additional traction equipment to move the vehicle combination on difficult camping terrain.

Additional functions, such as an integrated maneuvering system, intelligent charging functions, anti-theft protection and camera systems increase comfort. A smartphone can also be used to locate the caravan, view the kilometers driven and read out the battery charge level.

Founded in 1931, AL-KO Vehicle Technology is now a global technology company with over 30 sites in Europe, South America, Asia and Australia. It supplies chassis components for trailers, leisure vehicles and light commercial vehicles. The AL-KO Vehicle Technology Group is a full subsidiary of DexKo Global Inc., a portfolio company of KPS Capital Partners, LP.