April '20

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rv-pro.com April 2020 • RV PRO • 89 PHOTOS COURTESY OF FREIGHTLINER CUSTOM CHASSIS CORP. However, that doesn't mean there isn't a possible future in which the environmen- tally conscious meets the outdoor lover and an all-electric motorhome becomes a reality, according to Bryan R. Henke, Bryan R. Henke, manager-product mar- keting for FRCC. Pointing to the Winnebago electric-pow- ered concept vehicle that was shown during the 2019 RVX: The Experience Show, Henke says the potential exists for an electric chassis to be an option for a motorhome. It just needs the right kind of audience to buy in – understanding those limitations. Chassis Built for Heavy-Duty Platforms The MT50e will feature an efficient and powerful battery system from Pro- terra, a California-based manufacturer of high-performance systems for heavy- duty platforms. The Proterra system powering the MT50e will offer 226 kilowatt-hours of energy capacity and an all-electric, zero-emission drive system. The MT50e will feature a gross vehicle weight rating of 16,000 to 23,000 pounds, with no reduction in cargo volume capacity when it comes to commercial trucking. "If you look at an electric vehicle, period, and if you look at the electric traction motor when you drive an elec- tric vehicle, performance is never the issue because of the inherent property of a traction motor," Henke says. "As soon as you initiate it, you hit the throttle, you Freightliner officially debuted the all-electric MT50e truck chassis at the NTEA Work Truck Show in early March in Indianapolis. Although it was built with fleet operators in mind, FCCC officials believe there may be some applications for the motorhome market.

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