Simply three years in the past, Pössl launched the Vanster as a lighter, easier, extra inexpensive multipurpose camper van sibling to its Campster. With the flexibility to rapidly remodel from an eight-person passenger van, to a four-person camper, to an empty cargo van, to the whole lot in between, the 195-in-long (495-cm) Vanster is definitely some of the versatile vans on the earth. And now it is also one of many cleanest, coming in a completely electrical e-Vanster spec able to journey the open highway for as much as 185 miles (298 km) a cost.
The e-Vanster was introduced earlier this yr, and it made a giant splash on the 2022 Düsseldorf Caravan Salon that wrapped up on Sunday. Not solely did it seem prominently on Pössl’s stand, but it surely was additionally a part of a inexperienced tech exhibit in an out of doors courtyard. The brand new van in the end brings clear, quiet driving to a design so versatile that the under configurations are simply some of the methods homeowners can use it as an on a regular basis minivan, cargo hauler, journey shuttle or camper:
The e-Vanster maintains the whole lot value loving concerning the authentic Vanster whereas including a zero-emissions powertrain. It is basically only a new powertrain possibility for the Vanster lineup, primarily based on the 134-hp (100-kW) Citroën e-SpaceTourer with largest 75-kWh lithium battery. Just like the diesel Vanster variants, the e-Vanster comes outfitted as customary with a really gentle, easy sleeper package deal that features a pop-up roof with double mattress, a 220-V hookup, swivel cab seats, a three-seat second-row bench, and a slim, tall rear console with fold-out shelf and induction cooker. This model works as a light-weight two-sleeper camper and a five-seat on a regular basis MPV, and consumers can add a 3rd row of seats for a complete of eight spots.
These seeking to construct the e-Vanster right into a extra succesful, full mini-camper van can choose one among two detachable “Campboxes.” The Campbox Kitchen is a very versatile iteration of a tailgate kitchen field with a full-width body. The body homes slide-out modules on either side of a central storage cubby. One slide-out module is a storage drawer stack with worktop, whereas the opposite is an entire sink system with basin, water canisters and 12-V pump-fed faucet. The central storage cubby contains an higher shelf for stashing the transportable dual-burner gasoline range and a big area under to carry a small fridge field, miscellaneous cooking gear or perhaps a transportable rest room.
Each the sink and storage modules can be utilized below the tailgate, faraway from the body and used outdoors, or arrange contained in the van into an L-shaped indoor kitchen. Your complete Campbox is detachable by way of Fast-Repair system to convey the van again to cargo- or people-mover configuration.
The second Campbox possibility, the Kitchen & Sleep provides a fold-out mattress body and three-piece mattress to be used atop the folded rear SpaceTourer seats. This module, coupled with the sleeper roof, creates a four-sleeper format good for household getaways.
On the Caravan Salon, Pössl confirmed a very gentle, versatile model of the e-Vanster that serves as each an on a regular basis eight-seat MPV and a light-weight camper van, with none conversion in any respect. It contains all eight seats (5 customary, plus three non-obligatory), together with the usual Vanster package deal with pop-up sleeper roof, fold-out induction cooktop and swivel entrance seats. Including both of the Campbox choices would entail eradicating the third seating row, however as outfitted, it was a seamless mixture of eight-seat van for busy weekdays and two-sleeper gentle camper for enjoyable weekends. One situation with utilizing it as a camper van can be restricted cargo area for tenting gear, so homeowners would doubtless find yourself eradicating a number of rear seats or maybe hitching up a trailer or cargo basket.
Whereas the electrical Vanster will supply a quiet, zero-tailpipe-emissions trip, it is not with out some apparent downsides. Vary is proscribed to an estimated 185 miles (298 km) or 237 miles (382 km) within the metropolis. The latter determine would possibly show ample in the course of the week when the Vanster is used principally for each day city commuting, however the 185 miles is unquestionably on the lean facet for a highway journey. Prime pace can be restricted to 81 mph (130 km/h), down from 115 mph (185 km/h) on the diesel mannequin – not essentially a problem, however we have undoubtedly identified just a few RVers and highway trippers who’ve exceeded 80 mph for giant parts of their journey.
The electrical Vanster weighs roughly 660 lb (300 kg) greater than the higher-powered diesel Vanster but additionally comes customary with an uprated 6,830-lb (3,100-kg) GVWR that retains payload at a good 1,706 lb (774 kg), solely barely lower than the 1,768 lb (802 kg) on that top-spec diesel variant. That GVWR bump is on the market optionally on diesel fashions, so the e-Vanster will not have the choice of additional payload like the usual Vansters do.
The fundamental e-Vanster with aforementioned customary package deal begins at €58,499 (approx. US$57,850). The Campbox Kitchen is on the market as an add-on beginning at €2,099, whereas the Campbox Kitchen & Sleep begins at €2,649. For reference, the 2023 Vanster begins at €40,999 when constructed atop a Citroën Spacetourer or Peugeot Traveler with 142-hp 2.0-liter BlueHDI engine and €43,999 atop a Spacetourer/Traveler with 174-hp 2.0.