At this year’s IAA Commercial Vehicles in Hanover, the Renault Hippie Caviar Motel electric camper study from the carmaker in France will be on show. It is based on the Kangoo city van and is primarily intended for outdoor trips.
Renault Hippie Caviar Motel unveiled
With the concept study Renault Hippie Caviar Motel, the manufacturer from France wants to offer the ideal solution for “outdoor activities of all kinds.” It is built on the basis of the new Renault Kangoo Rapid L2 and is equipped with a 120 hp (90 kW) electric engine. The 45-kWh lithium-ion battery offers a range of 285 km.
Charging is done on the go with the 80-kW DC charger, which provides a range of 170 km in just 30 minutes. Theoretically at least, after all it is currently only a show car.
In terms of dimensions, the Renault Hippie Caviar Motel is significantly smaller than the Caviar Hotel, which will be unveiled in 2021, but is similarly based on the larger Renault Trafic.
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Built for campers
For longer outdoor trips, the Renault Hippie Caviar Motel also seems well equipped. For example, it features seats that convert to a bed, a panoramic glass roof and storage compartments that have been thought out down to the last detail.
The sliding door adopted from the new Renault Kangoo Van L2 is the widest in its segment at 830 mm. The seats, steering wheel and windshield are heated, and the passenger compartment temperature and battery charge can be programmed remotely.
The heat pump also makes a sustainable presentation, providing energy-efficient heating while having little impact on the vehicle’s range, Renault promises on the show car’s product website.
With the fresh design, Renault apparently wants to inspire a younger target group in particular and sound out whether an electric camper stored in such a way has any potential at all. The Caviar Motel is to be unveiled at the IAA Transportation 2022, which will be held in Hanover, Germany, from September 20 to 25, 2022.
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