Self-propelled Lightship L1 journey trailer is good for EV towing

The San Francisco-based startup Lightship goals to impress the leisure automobile phase similar to Tesla did with passenger vehicles.

Lightship on Wednesday unveiled its first product, the L1, a journey trailer with its personal electrical powertrain. The corporate consists of former employees from a number of EV firms, together with Tesla.

Like Airstream’s electrical trailer idea proven final 12 months, the L1’s self-propulsion system means it’ll draw nearly zero vitality from the automobile towing it, in line with Lightship.

In different phrases, an electrical truck with a 300-mile vary ought to nonetheless be capable to cowl 300 miles whereas towing the L1, assuming each automobiles are absolutely charged. The L1 will even assist save gas for a gasoline or diesel truck.

When the trailer has reached its vacation spot, the L1’s battery, which may be as massive as 80 kwh, can energy a number of home equipment with out the necessity for a generator. An array of photo voltaic panels additionally traces the roof of the L1, which in the best climate situations can ship as much as 3 kw of charging.

The trailer measures 27 ft in size and may sleep as much as six relying on the configuration. It sits 6 ft, 9 inches tall or 10 ft tall when in camp mode. The gross automobile weight is 7,500 kilos when absolutely loaded.

The L1 is slated to enter manufacturing in late 2024. Lightship is accepting reservations and mentioned pricing will begin at $125,000. The corporate will current the automobile on the annual SXSW competition which kicks off on March 10 in Austin, Texas.