Camper van conversions to maximise energy efficiency

Nov 8, 2021

  • CampervanCo – a camper van conversion specialist – has pioneered the world’s first hybrid and tribrid camper vans
  • If all new sales of campervans were zero-emissions this would reduce CO2 emission by 71,300 tonnes in one year alone
  • CampervanCo aims to aim to reduce operations carbon to zero over the next two years

CampervanCo, a pioneering manufacturing company based in Denny near Falkirk, has come up with an innovative solution to reduce the carbon footprint of recreational vehicles (RVs). They developed the world’s first fully hybrid and tribrid four-wheel drive campervans. Specialising in camper van conversions, their hybrid Eco Campers are powered by petrol and electricity, while the tribrid adds a third source of power through LPG or Autogas for even lower emissions.

The global pandemic led to millions of people in the UK swapping their annual holiday abroad for camper van staycations. With a huge spike in the rental and purchase of camper vans in the last couple of years, it’s estimated there are will soon be half a million RVs on the road in the UK. With far fewer people flying, the carbon savings will have been significant. But campervans are big vehicles that usually use diesel fuel. This means that they come with their own significant carbon footprint to both manufacture and to run.

Maximising fuel economy

Vehicles in the Eco Camper range are high-quality, low mileage used vans imported from Japan. They are able to go off-road to remote locations while delivering unrivalled fuel economy. The batteries in hybrid Eco Campers self-charge and tribrid models can go up to 1,000 miles on just one fuel stop. This compares to a top range of about 150 miles in some electric camper vans currently on the market.

A sustainable business opportunity

CampervanCo started to prioritise low emissions vehicles back in 2015. This focus enabled them to launch their hybrid vehicle range well ahead of any of their competitors. With owners often keeping RVs for much longer than their road cars, buying an Eco Camper means that owners get a van with lower lifetime emissions, fantastic fuel economy and a lower price tag than most other options currently on the market. As specialists in camper van conversions, each vehicle is also fully customised. It’s no surprise that the Eco Camper range now outsells the standard campervan range by a significant margin.

The good news doesn’t stop there. CampervanCo is committed to bringing a zero-emissions recreational vehicle (ZERV) to the market by 2025 – a full five years ahead of the UK government’s target. To this aim, they are working on two new Eco Camper models. The first to be launched soon, is a plug-in hybrid (PHEV) with a 30 mile EV range and 300 overall hybrid range. This will have not only a zero-emissions drivetrain in the 30 miles range, but zero-emissions leisure facilities, including cooking, refrigeration and crucially – heating. The next model following that, is a purely electric base vehicle with over 200 mile range and sophisticated net-zero leisure facilities – including cooking and heating.

Not stopping there, CampervanCo is aiming to reduce emission to net zero across all their operations within the next two years. With demand for RVs set to rise even further over the coming years, the CampervanCo has moved into a new factory in Denny in the Forth Valley and has big plans to expand their eco van production across the UK and beyond.

To find out more about the CampervanCo Eco Range and energy efficient camper van conversions, visit their website .

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