Solene and Heloise trialled our prototype electric campervan in 2018. Here are a few of their thoughts on the experience, and a show through of the vehicle.
Driving the electric campervan
Step by step we’re learning how the JUCY EV campervan reacts on different terrain (highway, hilly mountain, flat area with lots of turns). We have fun driving it as it’s easy handling and responsive, and most of the time there is no sound. However, we can experience some wind noise when are on the highway due to the wind going under the penthouse! But we still prefer this sound to one of a vehicle engine.
We've customised the inside with a light garland and boxes to create a warm ambience. Inside the campervan, we have a desk and a little kitchen, and we feel very fortunate to have the penthouse on the roof! We sleep very well inside and it’s fast to set up.
A big-hearted welcome from the EV community
The thing we're loving the most on our EV road-trip is the enthusiasm of people. Some people honked us on the road and greeted us by waving their hands with big smiles on their face. We feel supported by people, especially in the EV community (people who own an electric vehicle or are promoting them).
We've found New Zealanders very welcoming of us and a lot of them proposed for us to stay recharge the campervan at their homes. One thing is for sure, there is a cohesive and fun community involved in the future of mobility in the country.
Every year, they organize an electric road-trip around New Zealand, and we are so excited because we will be part of it this year! Over three weeks, they stop in cities around the country to present electric vehicles to the public and share moments together.
That’s the philosophy of electric vehicles in New Zealand: use renewable energy to charge your car, use your car to gather people.
Take a tour around JUCY's Electric Campervan Prototype
The EV campervan was been equipped with everything Heloise and Solene needed for an epic eco-friendly adventure around New Zealand!