This electric motorhome with hydrogen battery range extender offers 480 km of autonomy

In addition to the second prototype of its self-propelled electric motorhome, Thor Industries has presented at the Florida RV SuperShow the prototype of an electric motorhome that uses a hydrogen fuel cell as a range extender. In addition to the battery, which can be connected to the electrical network, thanks to the extended autonomy system, the Thor Vision Vehicle (TVV) can reach 483 kilometers of autonomy (300 miles) without having to stop to refuel.

Thor's concept motorhome has been created with the collaboration of Ford aftermarket specialist, Roush, from the basis of a Ford Transit. A hydrogen fuel cell system has been integrated into the chassis, combined with a high-capacity battery to achieve sufficient range for potential owners. According to Thor, this range is within the nonstop travel distance of most RV drivers. It represents approximately five hours of travel at an average speed of 100 km/h.

Battery and hydrogen fuel cell of the Thor Vision Vehicle electric motorhome.

In addition to its propulsion system, Thor has given the Vision Vehicle aerodynamic features that make it a more efficient vehicle, such as a sloped front end that helps direct air without offering high drag or fully plated tires. For its construction, Thor has mixed lightweight materials that also help increase efficiency.

 Esta autocaravana eléctrica con extensor de rango de pila de hidrógeno ofrece 480 km de autonomía

According to Todd Woelfer, Thor's COO, the development team has done a great deal of research to understand the impact each design element has on range. "Our strategy to create an electric experience designed specifically for RV users has identified a number of product improvement opportunities that we will implement before we industrialize the final production version."

The energy management system is managed via the dashboard screen, the built-in command center inside the sliding door or via mobile phone thanks to the dedicated app designed by Thor.

Thor is not the first to propose an electrified motorhome. The Knaus E.Power Drive, still in a prototype state, moves thanks to an electric motor and a battery that together offer 90 kilometers of autonomy, but which can be greatly extended, thanks to a range-extending rotary motor. However, Thor's proposal goes further, offering, in addition to cleaner technology, a complete energy management system that allows camping far from the electricity grid to be controlled. It is accessed via the large infotainment screen in the cabin, via the built-in command center inside the sliding door, or by using the pop-up TV concealed in an electric lift integrated into the worktop. It is also possible to consult it through the mobile phone thanks to the dedicated app designed by Thor.

The system keeps up-to-date information on remaining power and the location of local charging points at the owner's fingertips. The navigator plans routes integrating local points of interest. The system controls the equipment in the living room, lighting and heating. All this can also be controlled by voice thanks to the artificial intelligence of the Amazon assistant, Alexa.

The complete energy management system allows you to control camping far from the electricity grid.

Thor has not shown all the details of the interior of the motorhome. In the video he posted, you can see a pull-out sofa bed, a kitchen that includes an induction hob and sink, plus a microwave and fridge in front of the main countertop area. The rear part houses a separate configuration between the dry part and the bathroom shower. Separated from the cabin, there is a cargo area that is accessed through the two folding doors at the rear that give way to an organizer with shelves, holes and rails that serve to place luggage.

For now there will be no production version of the concept. The Vision Vehicle offers a first glimpse of Thor's roadmap towards future electrification and technology integration.