VDL Bus Venlo, part of VDL Bus & Coach, and Camperfixx B.V. have entered into a long-term cooperation to fulfil the ambitions of many holidaymakers. The e-Fixxter will soon be able to cover a distance of about 300 kilometres. VDL Bus Venlo has become an industrial partner of Camperfixx, a campervan construction company from Friesland. VDL will build compact electric motorhomes based on the almost identical Peugeot Expert, Toyota Proace, Opel Vivaro and Citroën Jumpy. It is expected that at least 30 electric vehicles will be available on the Dutch market alone in 2021. The vehicles will be sold by Camperfixx.
Dutch holidaymakers are buying motorhomes en masse, according to a survey conducted by the industry organisation Bovag in July 2020. Not even the coronavirus crisis has been able to put a brake on this: many people are opting for individual transport and other types of holiday instead of, for example, flying to foreign destinations. In addition to 120,000 motorhomes and camper vans, the Netherlands also has half a million caravans, according to Bovag figures.
The electric motorhome comes in a 4 and 5-person version. A unique feature is the choice of two lengths and, thanks to the compact design, both can also be used as “normal” cars. They have a height of less than 2 metres and the turning circle of both variants is remarkably small. The range is about 330 kilometres. The battery pack charges up to 80 per cent in half an hour. The back seat slides and can be converted into a wide bed in just 10 seconds. There is plenty of cupboard space and the kitchen is equipped with a fridge. An additional bed can be fitted in the pop-up sleeping roof.