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4 September 2019
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Dethleffs shows first production-ready e.Hybrid motorhome

Dethleffs, one of the German caravan and motorhome manufacturers owned by the Erwin Hymer Group, has showed the first production-ready, plug-in hybrid motorhome at the Caravan Salon Dusseldorf.

This is the third year in a row that Dethleffs has revealed a new model or concept around the subject of electric mobility,

“As a family friend, we also think about future generations and therefore deal intensively with the issue of sustainability in our industry,” explains Dethleff’s Managing Director Alexander Leopold.

“The preservation of nature is one of the priority goals, because caravanning and nature experience are one. For this reason, we have been dealing with electric mobility for many years, among other things, which will be a key to this,” says Leopold confidently.

“We want to do pioneering work with our initiatives and are committed to establishing electromobility in caravanning,” Leopold continued.

The Globevan e.Hybrid is based on a Ford Transit Custom, and is the first series-ready implementation of the Dethleffs electric mobility goals.

Its drive axles are driven purely electrically, and with the built-in battery accumulator, a range of up to 50 km pure electric range is possible. Overall, the Globevan of course offers a greater range. This is achieved through the built-in “Range Extender”, a 1.0-liter EcoBoost petrol engine, which serves exclusively as a generator for charging the battery.

The advantage of this combination is that the Globevan is suitable for everyday use, and can be driven purely electrically in cities. Any driving bans do not apply to the hybrid here. At the same time can be generated by the braking or gas take recuperation energy, which allows a particularly energy-efficient driving with low fuel consumption. The combustion engine always runs in the optimum speed range with maximum torque and provides the accumulator with power, which in turn supplies the electric motor with power. Thus, the Globevan has a total maximum range of 500 km.

The batteries can be charged within 5.5 hours on a regular household power outlet or in 3 hours on a quick charge. The total output of the electric and internal combustion engine combination is 92 kW (126 hp).

Dethleffs’ journey into the e-mobile future began in 2017, when the first fully electrically powered e.home motorhome study was presented to the public with great media coverage. Last year saw the second blow with the self-propelled electric caravan e.home Coco. With its overall concept of a self-driving, autonomously driven caravan and its use as a power storage system, this represents a true paradigm shift in caravaning.

And this year, Dethleffs is showing the first production-ready hybrid motorhome, which in turn is a premiere. “Pioneering work lies in our genes and thinking ahead in our nature, as Arist Dethleffs proved in 1931, when he invented the first caravan in Germany,” says a delighted Alexander Leopold.

“Thanks to his invention, he was always able to carry his family, which was very important to him, on his long business trips to distant lands. We too care about the family and the future of our children. We did not just write like that, the friend of the family on the flags. We also want to act in all directions accordingly. That’s why we are very serious and have been dealing for years with alternatives and visions of the future in our industry. The Globevan e.Hybrid and our progress in the implementation of the e.home Coco, which we also show in Düsseldorf, are important milestones on this path.”

The topic of sustainability is also on the agenda in a variety of ways within the company itself. Be it own bee colonies on the premises, paperless production in the newly built workshop, a combined heat and power plant, which is “fed” with its own wood waste, a clean waste separation throughout the company and actions that support commuting by bike to work or generally minimize waste , the Isnyer company always finds clever and effective methods to protect the environment sustainably.

“For our first hybrid vehicle, we opted for the urban and all-day variant of a motorized recreational vehicle because the idea and the drive of the vehicle are designed so that 50 km can be driven purely on electric power,” explains Alexander Leopold. “That’s a distance many people travel with their vehicles every day; and mostly in the city.”