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90 • RV PRO • April 2020 rv-pro.com get instantaneous torque. But on highway speeds, the faster you go, the performance sort of tapers off a little bit." The vehicle is designed to enable more than 125 miles of driving range and can fully charge in about three hours with DC fast charging. For now, it's that limited range and the way an RV is typically driven that are the major factors that keep the all-elec- tric chassis from being an option for most motorhomes. The chassis is designed to allow regen- erative braking. That is, pressing the brake pedal in normal traffic recharges the bat- teries – just as it does in a Toyota Prius. The problem is, most motorhome driving is done on an open road away from heavy traffic and with limited braking. That makes that 125-mile radius pretty hard and fast and keeps a driver from being able to get way out in the wilderness. But Henke says he doesn't see that lim- itation as a wall that must necessarily keep an all-electric motorhome from becoming a reality. "I would say that, from a performance standpoint, it's in our view that any driver would love it," he says. "It's super perfor- mance, super quiet as we try to obtain more range, you know, it's going to hit a certain market. There could be people that say, 'Hey, I'm going to drive 120 miles and I'm going to camp for a couple days.' Well, that's a perfect time to recharge your unit. I'm saying here I'm going to drive 150 miles and then I'm going to camp. "It's that cross-country driver that drives 450 miles and has to wait six hours or four hours to charge that has to keep going," he adds. "It might not be the ideal experience for them. But for that weekend warrior who wants to stay local it's perfect. You know, they get their motorhome and they'll go maybe two, three, four hours away." Henke suggests that the electric moto- rhome that would best succeed also would probably be shorter in size to maximize the battery performance and to limit the drop-off in performance seen in some electric vehicles. He says that something in the 26- to 32-foot range might be ideal for an all-electric motorhome. "When you're trying to move that mass The MT50e will feature a gross vehicle weight rating of 16,000 to 23,000 pounds. It is designed to enable more than 125 miles of driving range and can fully charge in about three hours with DC fast charging. Featuring Series 5 • Performance Vinyls • 5 Year Hydrolysis Warranty • Extreme Durability • Easy to Clean

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