Mercedes-Benz and Brabus envision the motorhome of the future

Mercedes-Benz and Brabus envision the motorhome of the future

The German manufacturer Mercedes-Benz has recently presented an interesting concept of a compact electric van intended for enthusiasts out of life and camping. The production version will be presented in the second half of 2023.

Signed by the manufacturer Brabus, well known for transforming Mercedes-Benz vehicles, the Concept EQT Marco Polo is based on the 100% electric variant of the T-Class van sold in Europe. Since we don’t have the latter in Canada, don’t get your hopes up. However, when you think of the many people converting Sprinters into campers, it’s worth a look.

First, why Marco Polo? It is of course the famous Venetian explorer, but also the name of the camping kit that Mercedes-Benz offers with some of its vans on the other side of the Atlantic.

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Equipment includes a roof that lifts to allow passengers to walk inside. Shades can be opened on all sides to provide more light and ventilation when needed. A large awning can also be placed on the driver’s side.

As for the passenger space, there are many options and amenities, starting with a 2-meter x 1-meter bed that is placed above the seats, as well as a table that can be installed in the second row.

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Then there is a sink, a 16 liter refrigerator, an induction hob, more drawers and another folding table whose height is electrically adjustable. Let’s not forget the seven USB ports.

Artificial leather and cherry wood emphasize the decor, as well as the ambient lighting. Mercedes-Benz claims that all interior furniture can be easily removed by two people in less than five minutes. And no more curtains or blinds: the windows are darkened with the simple push of a button!

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A really interesting part of the vehicle is the optional system of sliding wardrobes in the trunk area. The one on the left reveals a sink (with 12-litre tank) and storage, the one in the middle can accommodate an electric fridge and the one on the right offers even more storage space. As seen in the pictures, it is very suitable for a camping stove. The whole thing creates a true outdoor kitchenette.

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A few technical points at the end. There is talk of models with a short or long wheelbase, the first of which stretches only 4.5 meters. The 121 horsepower, 181 lb-ft of torque electric motor is powered by a 45 kWh high-voltage battery. The built-in charger enables charging with alternating current up to 22 kW.

When connected to a high-speed DC terminal, the battery can be charged from 10 to 80% in 38 minutes according to Mercedes-Benz, which also mentions an average energy consumption of 18.99 kWh/100 km. That would therefore give a theoretical autonomy of almost 240 km. Of course, that’s not much. The Concept EQT Marco Polo should rather be seen as a camper for the area or for a short trip.

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If it is vanlife which you’re interested in, remember that Winnebago introduced a zero-emissions RV concept earlier this year and that Volkswagen isn’t ruling out the possibility of offering versions of the future ID. Buzz equipped for short camping trips.

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