Volta Power Systems in Holland has announced a partnership with Space Craft Manufacturing in Missouri to bring the 2019 Space Craft, the first fifth-wheel RV featuring an automotive-grade lithium ion system, to market.
The energy system supplies three times the energy of traditional li-ion systems in less space without the need for a noisy generator.
The 2019 Space Craft is designed for off-grid capabilities, high comfort, and environmental responsibility. The tow vehicle is equipped with Volta’s 58V charge supply, enabling users to power the fifth wheel while they tow, and have a fully charged system when they arrive at their destination. Volta’s roughly 20,000-Watt-hour system provides up to 21 hours of run time on a single charge while powering air conditioning, refrigerator, lighting, entertainment, and more simultaneously.
“The new RV system means true freedom from shore power and the ability to explore anywhere without the noise,” says Jack Johnson, co-founder of Volta Power Systems “It’s also exciting to see our technology implemented alongside other highly sustainable systems.”
The RV also includes an advanced shower system by Osys Mobile that cleans and processes water to cut consumption by up to 90 percent. The technology for this system was inspired by NASA for the Mars Mission. The vehicle also cuts its footprint with a 24,000 BTU LG Mini Split air-conditioning system that reduces A/C energy consumption by up to 65 percent over other technology. Finally, the RV draws power from the sun with 1,800 watts of solar panels on the roof.
“Space Craft is leading the RV market with the most innovative and sustainable fifth wheel RV on the road today,” says Greg Wallman, president of Space Craft. “We’re thankful for our partnerships with companies like Volta and Osys to make that a reality.”
Space Craft offers custom-made RVs and trailers that can range in price from $180,000-$400,000. Its 2019 show trailer, which this article refers to, would cost a consumer about $325,000, says Wallman.