The European motorhome industry becomes more electrified from the newly launched Mercedes-Benz EQV conversion from the Swiss company Sortimo Walter Rüegg PLC. It gives customers the option of taking a zero-emissions camping trip.
The EQV is the electric counterpart to the Mercedes V-Class van. Sortimo takes this vehicle and offers a range of modular upgrades that turns it into a compact camper. The offerings include a pop-up roof with available solar panels offering a 400-watt output for charging the starter battery and auxiliary batteries.
Gallery: Mercedes-Benz EQV Camper
The pop-up roof also adds more standing room inside the van, and there's a bed up there, too. In the lower area, there's a fold-out bed that takes up the full width of the vehicle when deployed.
Sortimo also offers a kitchen unit with a sink, two-burner gas stove, refrigerator, and drawers for storage.
There's no info yet about how the added weight from Sortimo's equipment affects the EQV's range. Currently, Mercedes offers the van in two powertrains. The EQV 300 has a 90-kilowatt-hour battery with a WLTP range of 202 to 225 miles (326 to 363 kilometres). In Germany the EQV 250 has a 60 kWh battery that can go 132 to 146 miles (213 to 236 km). Both are available in 5,140-millimetre (16.86-foot) and 5,370-millimetre (17.62-foot) lengths.
The EQV comes with an intelligent navigation system that features active range management so that owners don't feel anxious about running down the batteries. It also has Mercedes' high-tech MBUX infotainment software.
Sortimo's site doesn't yet offer any pricing info for camper conversion to the EQV. In the UK, the van straight from Mercedes starts at £70,665 for the "basic" EQV 300. The most expensive variant is the EQV 300 Sport Premium Plus model, which costs £77,145.