When researching this years holiday for myself and the little one I was looking for something a little different. I considered hiring a motorhome, but they are a little too large and diesel-ish for my liking. Then I spotted Indie, the only all-electric VW Campervan for hire.
An electric camper isn’t a new concept, the Dalbury E, based on the Nissan E-NV200 has been on the market for a couple of years, yet the modernity of a modern campervan can make them feel a little stale.
In steps Indie with bags of character and charm.
All the oily bits have been removed and replaced with a bespoke drivetrain mated to a 3 speed transmission. Adding a transmission increases efficiency of the motor and follows the advice given by expert Classic Car converters EV West of the U.S. The extensive batteries are tucked beneath the seating providing a real world range of 50miles and better performance than a petrol equivalent VW camper with little noise or fuss.
Edubtrips currently have a Kickstarter campaign underway promising an additional camper with 100miles or more of range.
Being a Californian import means the body work, a problem area for any 43 year old vehicle, is very sound and rust free. Finished off with a fresh coat of Kermit the Frog green – Indie is quite the eye catcher turning many heads, receiving waves from other campers and approving nods of passers by.
The bright colour scheme continues inside with vinyl covered seating and doors in green and white with light coloured custom made wooden cabinetry running along the passenger side of the vehicle. The interior feels light and airy and very relaxing.
The small kitchen provides basic cooking facilities with a stainless steel two burner hob and cold water sink above a good sized fridge.
Following collection of the camper from eDubTrips offices in Harrogate, we set off to the recommended Old Station Campsite close to the North Yorkshire market town of Masham. On arrival we “hooked up” the lengthy power cable to a commando socket in rear engine bay and watched as the fridge and interior lighting came to life, all whilst Indie’s batteries were being recharged through the same cable.
A full charge is achieved overnight as the van can currently only take 3kw/16a with no option to rapid charge, a type2 adapter is included to enable public charging. However, the range is more than sufficient to discover the delights of Yorkshire and its many attractions, town and villages meaning I didn’t feel at all restricted by the numbers.
With four belted seats and comfortable sleeping for four a VW Camper is the perfect companion for time away. Add an electric twist and you breath life back into classic car motoring with all the simple charm that brings.
Sadly Friday, the last day of our break, came far to quickly following sunny days out to Lightwater Valley, The Forbidden Corner and Studfold Nature Trails with plenty of cream teas and cake consumed on the way. On returning Indie we found our trusty BMW i3 had received a full recharge via eDubTrips solar panels, I think I can now call myself an eco-tourist.
UPDATE: We liked the whole experience so much we have booked again for next year!
NOTE: We paid for the hire of the eDub Camper for our four-night break along with camp site fees. Apologies for the lack of photos, we were busy having fun!