British Firm Turns Nissan e-NV200 Electric Van Into Cosy, Family-Friendly Camper Van

As anyone who has ventured off the beaten track in an electric vehicle will tell you, camp sites and RV parks are the ideal place to find an emergency charge if there are no official public charging stations nearby. And while RV parks won’t necessarily charge your car as quickly as say a rapid charging station might, they’re a great place to stop off for the night if you’re making a multi-day trip in your electric car and need somewhere cheap to stay that also happens to have power to hand.

Fancy an all-electric camper van? Now you can, thanks to Hillside Leisure in the UK.

Fancy an all-electric camper van? Now you can, thanks to Hillside Leisure in the UK. (Photo: Hillside Leisure)

So far, if you’ve wanted to make use of RV parks to charge your car, you’ve had to be content with camping outside in a tent or perhaps rigging up some form of make-shift bed inside your car, but now a company from the UK has taken Nissan’s all-electric e-NV200 van and turned it into a family-friendly camper van, complete with bedding for up to four — and it will unveil it tomorrow at the Motorhome & Caravan Show 2014 at the NEC exhibition centre in Birmingham, UK.

Enter Hillside Leisure, a specialist campervan conversion company from Derby, who have taken Nissan’s work-focused e-NV200 electric van and given it the custom micro camper van treatment, complete with pop-up roof, twin-hob gas stove, 39-litre refrigerator, on-board water tank and low-voltage LED lighting.

Like the rest of its range, the DalburyE can accommodate up to four people.

Like the rest of its range, the DalburyE can accommodate up to four people: two below, two above.

For those who don’t know, a campervan is usually based on a small to medium-sized commercial vehicle or minivan, and is a little like a shrunken-down recreational vehicle. Smaller than U.S. RVs, most modern European camper vans still follow the same design ethos set out by the original VW microbus, offering basic accommodation, cooking and cleaning. Small enough to be driven on a conventional driving license, camper vans offer a lot of the practicalities of RV or caravanning, but without the hassle of a larger vehicle or towing. What’s more, they fit into most standard car parking spaces.

Being based on the Nissan e-NV200 electric van, the all-electric camper — called the DalburyE — features the same 24 kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery pack and 5 year, 60,000 mile warranty as the e-NV200. It also comes with a 3 kilowatt on-board charger as standard, along with a faster optional 6 kilowatt charger and CHAdeMO DC quick charge capability. And with many of the UK’s popular holiday routes now serviced by DC quick charging stations, it doesn’t take too much imagination to see how anyone with the DalburyE could leave their house at lunchtime, stopping off at a couple of DC quick-chargers en-route, before arriving at their first camp-site before dusk.

All without burning a single drop of gasoline.

There's even a kitchen sink, refrigerator and stove.

There’s even a kitchen sink, refrigerator and stove.

Hillside Leisure quotes a range of 106 miles for the DalburyE, with an electronically-limited top-speed of 76 mph. That’s the same figures quoted by Nissan on the NEDC test cycle, and given the NEDC’s optimistic range figures, we’d suggest you’d need to look for recharging every 70-80 miles en-route if you wanted your family break to be as low-stress as possible.

With the official unveiling due tomorrow, there’s no official word on price, but given the company’s non-electric Dalbury range — based on the petrol NV200 — starts at £23,995, we’re thinking the all-electric will be somewhere between £32,000 and £40,000, depending on the trim levels specified.

Do you like the idea of an all-electric camper van? Where would you take it? And who would you take?

Leave your thoughts in the Comments below.


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  • tyrelh

    Need one in the States. NOW!

  • SpaceU

    Awesome. Hopefully Nissan delivers with a NEMA 14-50 mobile connector so you can not only power your campsite with the 50 amp hookup, you could also fuel your vehicle.

  • Steven Ingham

    Would fit my needs perfectly. Would they build one with the driver on left for US or Europe. Will they do this and ship it to the US? How much?

  • vdiv

    Huh, the van may be electric but the stove top is certainly not. Inductive plates anyone? :)nnCan the HVAC operate while using power from the cord?nnRegardless of the fact that I have never camped in a van this seems very enticing indeed!

    • cros13

      1. The 12V system probably wouldn’t be able to support that kind of load.nnn2. Yes…. which is awesome. It’s a solid advantage over an ICE vehicle where you would have to have the engine running.

      • TedKidd

        But the car battery pack AND campground hook up certainly could.

        • cros13

          Not without replacing the dc-dc converter with a higher rated unit, which in the nissan powertrain is part of the big “engine block” under the bonnet. Very difficult to access and there would be safety implications because things like the power steering run off the low voltage. Needless to say Nissan would also not honour the warranty.

  • Michael Thwaite

    Time to sell the house and take to the open road!

  • Esl1999 .

    I believe this class B EV motorhome might be just enough of a wake up call for RV manufacturers to toy with the idea. Personally, I’ve thought this would be a BETTER EV than a car. RV’s fundamental necessity is electricity. RV parks generally supply it, so you could charge up your traction battery pack along with your coach battery pack. Solar panels could act as awnings or even little windmills could generate juice when your out in the desert or some place remote. Heck, optional, small fuel cell generator could act as emergency power supply. Two to four Tesla 85 kwh packs plus front and rear motors would be enough for class A (bus type) motorhome.

  • raleedy

    Seems to have a gas stove, though.

  • nitters

    I want one!!! 🙂

  • freedomev

    Let’s be real here the range will be under 65 miles unless going downhill with a good wind at it’s back.nGreat idea though as I’m building a trike version now even smaller, much more aero, lighter for cross the US trips. But I’ll also have a 45lb 7kw rangen extender.nJust why doesn’t every EV have a standard hitch mount and plug so a RE could be used when needed, owned or rented?nEV people have used RV parks for long distant driving for 4 decades now I know of But the few times needed I’ll just use my RE at over 120mpg is ok for me, most..

    • TedKidd

      Just needs a Tesla pack and SuperCharger access.

  • Ayan Mullick

    I think the Tesla drivetrain is the only one that takes the full structural advantage of being electric; with a floor-integrated battery-pack and a direct drive system. The front of the e-NV200 isn’t all that optimized for space. Someone should make an RV out of the Tesla drivetrain. But this is still a good start.

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