The RV market probably isn’t quite ready for a full-blown electric motorhome just yet, but electric vehicles can still have a positive impact on vehicle camping by lending their powerful battery technology. With the new Nissan x Opus camping trailer, Nissan shows how EV batteries can fully power the equipment of a non-engined camper. The Leaf-derived Energy ROAM battery pack gives the innovative, award-winning Air Opus inflatable six-sleeper enough juice to keep campers comfortable and fed for up to a week, all without the emissions and noise of a gas generator.
Nissan already offers travelers an all-electric mini-campervan option, and now it shows how that very same battery technology could be used in a non-powered trailer, with all the battery power going to onboard amenities like the lighting, microwave and fridge.
Nissan plans to launch its portable, weatherproof Energy ROAM lithium-ion battery packs later this year in Europe, and as it moves toward that launch, it is exploring (and advertising) potential uses. It put the ROAM packs to use in last month’s NV300 mobile workshop Concept-van and made similar Leaf-based battery packs a part of last year’s Dark Sky and Frontier Sentinelconcepts.
Each Energy ROAM pack repurposes lithium-ion battery cells pulled from first-generation Leaf cars, putting the “second-life” batteries to work for other purposes. Pricing has yet to be announced, but the packs could potentially find many uses, from powering tools on remote job sites, to keeping cooktops and fridge/freezers running at campsites, to cranking up audio/video equipment at outdoor parties and tailgates.