The polished aluminum trailer claims the title of the world’s first fully electric RV to hit the market, at a price that doesn’t come cheap. $310,000. The one-inch 27-foot Volterra has twice the battery capacity of the company’s previous RVs, along with solar panels that allow you to recharge remotely and “live off the grid indefinitely,” according to Bowlus.
The Oxnard, California-based company wants to make your off-the-grid lifestyle more luxurious. Volterra is equipped with several luxury features, including heated floors, remote temperature control for heating and air conditioning, genuine wood interiors in vegan leather, memory foam mattresses and linen sheets.
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The Volterra can accommodate up to four people between the bedroom and living room seating that converts into a bedroom. It has a “spa-like” bathroom with teak floors and a stainless steel sink, and a kitchen with an induction hob, the company said.
It also contains a backup camera, and a 50-gallon freshwater tank “for extended off-grid times or longer rains,” Bowlus added.
The RV is relatively light for an RV, with a gross vehicle weight rating of 4,000 pounds. That means it can be towed by a wide variety of trucks and SUVs — and if you tow it in an electric vehicle, you can avoid all the stops at the gas station.
The Bowlus brand has some lucrative history. The company was first founded in 1934 by an aircraft designer Hawley Bowlus, who built the company’s first aluminum trailer. He returned to designing airplanes two years later, closing the brand.
One of his employees, Wally Byam, used the concept to build the first Airstream Clipper trailer in 1936, according to Curbed.