15 March 2023
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Lightship launches L1 travel trailer with electric self-propulsion system

Lightship has revealed an aerodynamic, battery-powered travel trailer, the Lightship L1, that it plans to have in production in late 2024.

It is the first purpose-built travel trailer with a self-propulsion system and enables near zero range or mile-per-gallon efficiency loss for the vehicle towing it.

Lightship took a ‘clean-sheet’ approach to building an all-electric RV, like the way Tesla disrupted the established automakers.

The Lightship team, which includes alumni from Rivian, Proterra, Lucid and Zoox, in addition to Tesla, is leveraging its expertise in automotive EV development and design to deliver the following.

An electric powertrain with up to 80 kWh of onboard battery capacity allowing the trailer to propel itself and achieve near-zero range or efficiency loss for the tow vehicle.

A no-compromise battery system that can provide a week of off-grid power without charging. Coupled with up to 3 kW of solar power, the RV can power the living needs of its occupants and eliminates the reliance on propane and other fossil fuels.

An ecosystem of all-electric appliances, connected features, and modern amenities for a seamless camping experience.

The Lightship L1 has a starting price of $125,000 or $118,400. Production is expected to begin in late 2024.

“With 90% of the market comprising of towable RVs, we began by creating an all-electric travel trailer that is unlike any RV available today and that is just the beginning,” said Lightship Co-Founder and President Toby Kraus. “We are leveraging our expertise in automotive EV development and design to build a brand that creates delightful outdoor travel experiences for everyone and brings even more people into the pastime of RVing.”

The Lightship L1 is a finalist in the 2023 SXSW Innovation Awards design category.

About Lightship

Founded in 2020, Lightship is America’s first all-electric RV company on a mission to reimagine the recreational vehicle experience by designing and producing aerodynamic, battery-powered trailers for the electric age. As the macro transition to an all-electric transportation ecosystem accelerates, Lightship is building a critical element to enable the electrification of pickup trucks and SUVs, while bringing the increased convenience and superior performance that electrification offers to a pastime enjoyed by 1 in 10 American families. Based in San Francisco and Boulder, Colorado, Lightship sells its products direct to U.S. customers on the company’s website: https://www.lightshiprv.com/.