I have seen adventurers go crazy over travel trailers before, but none I presume has amassed so much traction as the new all-electric trailer by Lightship. Designed by former Tesla engineers Ben Parker and Toby Kraus, the Lightship L1 travel trailer features an aerodynamic glass and composite material body, solar panels, and a self-propulsion system.
The camper’s roof and the two awnings are installed with photovoltaic panels that produce an impressive 3kW of energy and charge the battery that runs appliances inside the camper. However, the Lightship L1 travel trailer is worth the hype not because of its solar-powered capacities, but due to its self-propulsion system.
The trailer features an all-electric propulsion system based around a 40kWh battery that can be upgraded up to an 80kWh battery. The company mentions, “The L1 harnesses solar energy and a self-propelled drivetrain to bring near-zero range loss to your EV.”
Elevating the trailer’s off-grid capabilities, the onboard battery system not only helps in preserving fuel but also feeds energy into the tow vehicle (charging it, to be precise). Boasting electric efficiency and renewable energy, the Lightship L1 travel trailer can be towed by both gas-powered and electric vehicles, albeit the philosophy behind the design is to be able to charge EVs. There is one more trick up Lightship’s sleeve; the trailer can power your Tesla or any other EV while it can also be used as a backup power source for your home. Cool, right!
Lightship L1 features may remind you of the Boulder trailer, but what separates the two is the size and the sleek figure of the camper. The Boulder trailer has a teardrop shape and is really compact. Lightship L1, on other hand, is lengthier yet sleek. Measuring 27 feet long, the trailer can accommodate four to six people.
The retractable aerodynamic shell could be one talking aspect of Lightship but what sets it truly apart from other trailers is its unique interior. Looking at the pictures, it doesn’t feel cramped. Weighing 7500 lbs, the trailer packs a full kitchen (cooktop, oven, and full-size sink and dishwasher), and a living room inside. In addition, there is a slide-out camp kitchen (collapsible sink and induction cooktop) that can be utilized on sunny days. The roof of the trailer pops up to 10 feet when parked, the towing height is six feet and nine inches.
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The floor plan includes a dining lounge with a wraparound sofa. The glass window panels are another major highlight of the trailer and enhance its beauty. The production of the trailer is expected to start in 2024, with its price pegged at $125,000. The trailer is now up for preorders.