VW Westfalia Camper Van Spiritual Successor: Nissan e-NV200 Camper
Book with Campervan Bergen, the cheapest in the market and the best quality
If you’ve had your heart set on a modern interpretation of the old Volkswagen Westfalia camper van, you’re in luck.A British company called Hillside Leisure will offer a camper conversion of the Nissan e-NV200 small electric van.
Called the DalburyE, the electric camper van comes complete with a pop-up roof, gas stove, refrigerator, onboard water tank, and low-voltage LED lighting, according to Transport Evolved.
Based on small or mid-size vans, camper vans are still popular in Europe. They’re a step up from camping in a tent, but their small size makes these vans a bit more manageable than a full-size recreational vehicle (RV) or trailer.
Hillside Leisure already offers conversions of the internal-combustion NV200, so modifying its plug-in sibling was fairly straightforward.
DalburyE Nissan e-NV200 camper van conversion by Hillside Leisure
No modifications were made to the electric powertrain, which includes an 80-kilowatt (110-horsepower) electric motor and a 24-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery pack, both borrowed from the Nissan Leaf electric car. Hillside Leisure estimates range at 106 miles per charge–on the optimistic European testing cycle–with a governed top speed of 76 mph.
These are the same figures quoted by Nissan for the U.K. version of the stock e-NV200, but the extra weight of the camping gear will likely blunt performance a bit.
At least many campsites and trailer parks already offer access to electrical outlets, so drivers can charge while they camp, albeit at a slower rate than with a conventional Level 2 charging station.
The e-NV200 is already on sale in Europe and Japan, but Nissan hasn’t confirmed whether it will bring the electric van to the U.S.
If it does, a similar conversion could offer buyers a greener alternative to the traditional RV, provided they’re willing to move at a slightly slower pace.