This Solar-Powered RV Runs Without Fuel Or Charging Stations

Imagine a trip around the country with no budget for fuel! Yes, this is possible now thanks to this impressive motorhome. The RV company Dethleffs has done something people couldn’t even dream of with this Iveco Daily Electric chassis. The car is perfectly capable of offering you off-grid status. There are solar panels installed, not only on the roof but on each side as well, in total 334 square feet of thin-film solar panels which can deliver up to 3,000 watts of energy. And you don’t even need a charging station!



The 228-Ah sodium-nickel-chloride battery, can get you, with all the fittings inside the RV just over 100 miles before letting it recharge. The battery should be good for approximately 1,500 charges or about 250,000 km. The RV is not only a house on wheels with some solar panels it is an actual e-home! It has driver assistance technology, smart windows and even an awesome system of heating that will literally make your life a whole lot easier, especially on the road. So this is the perfect vehicle for travelling around the country without worries!



97 Responses to “This Solar-Powered RV Runs Without Fuel Or Charging Stations”

  1. Paula Rose says:

    What does this run and are there smaller/larger versions?

  2. dai says:

    the range is only 100 miles? it’s not entirely clear.

    • kat says:

      Thats what I understand too from the article, 100 miles have to stop and charge? I dont think I want one.

    • Thomas Coakley says:

      If you are driving it in a cave then just shy of 100 miles. If you are driving it in full sunlight unlimited range.

    • Thomas Coakley says:

      I did additional research and the unlimited range I stated earlier is not true. This was false information some reporters have put out there. For some reason, the battery that drives the engine is not hooked up to the solar panels at all. You literally must plug in after less than a 100-mile range.

  3. Phiwe Solomon says:

    I’m very interested in this vehicle

  4. Stephen Betters says:

    Downside? Only 100 miles before it needs a recharge. Not much scenery to enjoy at 100 miles a whack. Plus, lack of recharging stations. None if doing remote rv’ing. I’ll pass.

  5. Yipster says:

    Its a detlef but this sounds to good to be thrue

  6. Jaffrey Harp says:

    Where can I get one?

  7. Karen Blomquist says:

    Is there an inverter, or is it DC powered? What are “smart windows”?

    • Angie says:

      Smart windows are windows that auto tint. Much like transitions glasses! The brighter it is, the darker the windows. 🙂

    • JonPeter says:

      More than likely the drive motor or motors are polyphase (3 or more) variable frequency, variable voltage similar to motors used in electric or hybrid electric vehicles, elevators, electric ships, etc.

      Battery storage is DC, which powers a DC bus. In addition to the variable freq. motor drive, there would be no reason a 110/220 VAC would not be used.

      Surprised it does not have a built in charging station as a backup if the batteries are discharged and solar energy is not available due to weather.

      If you consider the size and mass of the vehicle, 100 miles per charge is significant.

  8. George de Armas says:

    What is the strengths of the panels. Are they strong enough to with stand road debris hitting them?

  9. Jeff T Thorsen says:

    Cost and availability in the US

  10. Thomas says:

    Only 100 miles before recharge is needed doesn’t work very well. Usually over that daily. Most figure 300 miles a day when traveling

    • Philip says:

      Well, it’s covered with solar panels… so isn’t it constantly charging while the sun is out? I think the 100 miles means once the sun goes down. Duh.

  11. Raffi Abadjian says:

    1-can we have some details about this vehicule’s performance please? i live in a country with a lot of up and down Hills (Lebanon)
    2- two water tanks H/C or just one?
    3- price excl. taxes for export

  12. Michael Cauchi says:

    I would like to know more.

  13. Ehrhart says:


  14. Zoie Wheeler says:

    Where can I purchase one what are the price ranges

  15. Carol Watson says:

    I would like more info please

  16. Ann Breuer says:

    on the outside it looks like it needs curtains…but great idea

  17. SB says:

    This is a total gimmick. The solar panels can’t be in a good position to work to the maximum all the time. In countries with strong sunlight, at least 50% of the panels will be in shade at any given time.

    Everything in the vehicle pulls electricity – the lighting, the heating etc.

    You need 3000 watts just to boil a kettle!

  18. Puddin Taine says:

    How much?

  19. Kathryn jones says:

    What do these go for?

  20. Michele Mitchell says:

    Would be absolutely wonderful, I’m just not sure how the panels would go with stones being flicked up by passing cars….Brilliant concept though.

  21. George McGarry says:

    Were can I get it?

  22. Matt Hage says:

    Please send more info and cost details Please?

  23. Pamela says:

    What does this cost and where can I get one?

  24. Constance Gust says:

    Where is this being sold? Can it be custom ordered? As shown, what is the ticket price? Thanks .

  25. Angela says:

    How much? Available in Canada?

  26. Trevor says:

    100 miles won’t even get me to the lake. I will also lay odds that it can’t pull even a single axle boat or motorcycle trailer. Nice concept – no practical application.

  27. Tracy S Bolduc says:

    I have always wanted to drive across North America.
    If you would like someone to provide publicity and promo your RV please let me know.
    I would be really interested if you would be will to provide some sort of deal.
    Please let me know.
    Thank you,

    Tracy Bolduc

  28. Apeweek says:

    Really cool, but the numbers given don’t add up. The solar would be useful, but it’s not enough to eliminate charging, unless you’re willing to stop for several days every 100 miles.

  29. vit. says:

    What about second motor and price? Is it available? 3000 W.. Is it enough for powering the vehicle??

  30. TJ Sherrick says:

    Been living in my Mazda Proteje for 3 years & 8 months. Would LOVE to move into one of these… What is the price? How available are qualified mechanics, in case repairs are required, at some point? Are they available in the U.S.?
    Definitely interested!

  31. Mal says:

    Only 100 miles per recharge you all say? Maybe so at night but during daylight it is continuously recharging. Wake up at dawn for breakfast and by the time you finish it has been recharged even on a cloudy day. 500 watts is good for a car, 3kW is around 2000 horses, so more than enough.

  32. Rich says:

    Where can I get one?

  33. BOLTON A PECK says:

    3000W is most of a thirty amp RV pedestal service so it would be enough to run one rooftop AC when parked, or to run a space heater and a microwave. The batteries would be current leveling, as electrical loads would routinely spike to excess of panel capacity, however if there’s enough battery to move the whole rig 100 miles, then running a heater at night shouldn’t be a problem. Also, in the USA, if this thing has a standard charging port (like a Tesla or a Leaf etc..) then there are many places to charge it and it would only take a couple of hours. That’s still not a great many miles per day but hey, what do you want when saving a thousand dollars in fuel on a longer trip? I can get a lot of touristy stuff done with that extra grand while this puppy charges itself in the sun.

    Sign me up!

  34. Lonetta says:

    What is the cost? Not mentioned in article.

  35. Jens Strand says:

    You would still have to charge it. 3000 watts is just 4 horsepower, but the solarpanels could extend it’s driving range a little bit. The article smells a little like clickbait.

  36. Matthew Gemberling says:

    I would like to know more about this ride i would really like to have one or more

  37. Tom says:

    Over 3000 watts sounds great, but do the math and you’re talking 4 horsepower.

  38. Didi says:

    Is this available in Montreal Canada?

  39. Larry Silveira says:

    Great idea, however I would prefer a backup of plug in and an on board engine generating backup…like my own system with fold out panels, you often rotate your vehicle to get the best sun if you nee
    d too…I like its looks too….Price I am sure will be in excess of $150.000..

  40. Cheryl Krebs says:

    Looking to help promote, I think this is going to be the future.

  41. BRENDA says:


  42. Clare Childers says:

    I’d like to self promo it as well. What’s the possibility of this?

  43. Carl Kruse says:

    A magnificent concept and I wish it every success.

  44. Scott Reimers says:

    The unspoken facts are that with this system you’ll get about 100 miles every 5-9 days depending on light levels and power use while you’re waiting.

    At once point I wanted to design a cheap solar powered van for homeless people. I was gonna strip out the whole power train and add a basic battery system, solar and 48v motor.

    A couple hours of math later and I had figured out that rooftop solar you would get about 5 miles a day of power doing less than 25 miles per hour.

    I figured I’d be able to take junk vans and for about $700 make them moving homes with beds, water, toilets with a max range of about 35-50 miles per charge at a max speed of 25 mph.

    After seeing the limits I checked about adding a $200 generator and one could keep going (still max 25 mph)… in the end I wasn’t sure that people would actually want this.

  45. Karl says:

    Yes, 100 miles on a charge, plus whatever charges collected during that 100 miles, plus whatever charge is collected from deceleration/breaking.

    if the company tried doing a small partnership with Tesla, putting a larger battery in the vehicle oh, they might be better off. There are costs involved and the size of the battery might be a cost for the.

  46. Albert davis says:

    Yes i wouks definatly have a built in gas or deasil gemerator for hybrid operatiom. You donr want to get stranded.

  47. Nicole Tanner says:

    Really interested

  48. Kat Webb says:

    Would promote in Indian country and the southwest

  49. Ruth Jacobs says:


  50. Shirley Pyle says:

    More details, please. Price, availability, warranty, etc.

  51. Jessica Weidler says:

    I’m interested

  52. Max says:

    It’s just a prototype. The company says they have no plans to produce or sell it. They simply want to put the idea out there.

  53. Eric says:

    Love how they specify the solar array’s capacity in watts and the battery in Ahr so you can’t figure out how long it takes to charge that 100 mile pack. My guess is many days. The numbers don’t work very well powering a vehicle with vehicle mounted solar cells. Give us the voltage of that 228Ahr pack, otherwise there’s no way to know.

  54. Lynette Greig says:

    I need one of these!

  55. Joann ryan says:

    How many MPH? I’d be pretty frustrated if it went 20mph.

  56. Bearspirit says:

    I wish manufacturers in North America would take a lesson from European designed RVs (or caravans as they’re called in some places). Not all of us even WANT these huge monstrosities! How about a nice compact unit with all the necessary amenities with a much smaller footprint? I mean, if we can ‘dream’ small house plans, why not RVs? Get real please!

  57. Carron says:

    Remarks say runs only for 100 miles. If it’s solar charged why does it only run for 100 miles?

  58. Chris Harnish says:

    Why not put a Li-Ion power cell in and get some real mileage range.
    Beautiful and makes total sense!


  59. Bridget says:

    Smart vehicle? No thanks. This means it is a rolling antenna for wireless radiation. I can roll down my own windows and use my hands to turn up or down heat. I don’t need WIFI to do that for me and I prefer not to be exposed to high levels of RF in a metal box.

  60. Kathleen Raphael says:

    Interested in price and availability in USA.
    Are there back-up plug ports for charging?
    # and size of water tanks.
    Additional engine cooling systems?
    Availability of washer/dryer options.
    Refrigeration options?
    Propane range/oven options?
    Master bedroom in rear?
    Storage options?
    Need more info!!!

  61. Chris Olewnik says:

    Is it me or does something look off with the photos? The interior shots of the RV don’t seem to match the exterior photos especially where the door is or should be. Also having all those solar panels on the side will not do too much when there is not direct light hitting the sides. To me it almost seems like somebody photoshopped solar panels on the sides of it. But that’s just my thought on this.

  62. Steven says:

    You’ll need to explain to people the difference in efficiency between cloudy and sunny days. Will the total trip be extended if the sun is out (the battery charges while driving)? On a cloudy day does that mean if the battery runs out you park it and you’re done for the day? Is there a backup generator? Is there regenerative braking? Can this become an ‘electric assisted’ vehicle as well? I love the idea but it’s … vague.

  63. Les Silvan says:

    How much?

  64. Barbara says:

    The 100 mile range would only apply at night. During the day the solar panels will be continuously recharging the batteries. There will be a lot of amps going into the batteries, even if one side is shaded and even if the day is overcast. Full sun on all the panels (a condition that will never apply) would yield 250 amps at 12 volts. Even 2/3 of that (accounting for the one side and maybe back that are in shade) is a significant amount of juice. Without know what the electric motor consumes it’s hard to say how far it will get you.

  65. Pat says:

    How many does it sit/sleep?

  66. Z says:

    Where can I get make, available models, specifications for each and pricing for vehicles such as this.
    No such information was provided in the advertisement here.

  67. Prof. Bryan J. Zsurka, Sr. says:

    Where can I get make, available models, specifications for each and pricing for vehicles such as this.
    No such information was provided in the advertisement here.

  68. Dr Michael Atchia says:

    The future is here while fossil fuels are nearing the end of availability.
    The future belongs to electric vehicles, self powed like this truck of by personal solar generators.
    Michael Atchia

  69. Rod Powers says:

    Just over 100 miles?!? That’s hardly enough to get out of the city limits! ….and is that 100 miles during the day in the sun on flat land? There are so many unanswered questions, it makes it sound like a bad product. Give ALL the details and specifications.

    What if you run out of juice at night in the middle of nowhere? Is there a way to get an emergency charge? ….like from a generator?

    Sounds like a nightmare…..


  70. Craig says:

    Let’s do some quick calculations. With 3,000 kw of solar panels, if all of them are oriented properly (impossible in this case, but I’ll ignore that), will produce a max of around 25kwh of energy per day assuming it’s sunny. That’s absolute best case scenario. A vehicle like this will probably require at least twice the energy of a Tesla due to size and weight, but let’s be generous and say 50% more, so about 600 watts per mile. The farthest you could travel per day on solar is 42 miles per day, assuming you don’t use ac, lights, or cooking when parked.
    Realistically it’s probably less than 25. Neat idea, but manage your expectations.

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  72. Mr. Snotnose says:

    Without specifying a voltage, this 228-Amp Hour statistic has no meaning.

    For reference, a Tesla battery has 60,000 to 85,000 kwh, and takes overnight to charge. These solar cells do not have anywhere near that capacity. However, the electric system is probably adequate to power lights, a TV and a microwave.

    If it sounds to good to be true — in this case — it is.

  73. Patti says:

    I would be interested in learning more, please direct me to a website where I could find out details and prices.

  74. johari says:

    watch the video guys

    Solar panels only support interior appliances, not the engine. This baby still runs on gas

  75. Steve says:

    3000 watts = 4 hp. That’s enough to run a lawnmower, but not a heavy RV.

  76. Lee Sirois says:

    How much and where can I buy it?

  77. Onetwig says:

    Could they design a recharging system that recharges while driving like those in hybrid vehicles to travel farther on a charge?

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