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

The San Francisco-based startup Lightship goals to impress the leisure car phase identical 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 corporations, together with Tesla.

Like Airstream’s electrical trailer idea proven final yr, the L1’s self-propulsion system means it’s going to draw nearly zero power from the car towing it, in accordance with Lightship.

In different phrases, an electrical truck with a 300-mile vary ought to nonetheless have the ability to cowl 300 miles whereas towing the L1, assuming each autos are totally charged. The L1 may even assist save gasoline for a fuel or diesel truck.

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

The trailer measures 27 toes in size and may sleep as much as six relying on the configuration. It sits 6 toes, 9 inches tall or 10 toes tall when in camp mode. The gross car weight is 7,500 kilos when totally 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 car on the annual SXSW competition which kicks off on March 10 in Austin, Texas.