These Off-Grid, Luxury Travel Trailers Pack Enough Oomph to Power a Tesla Cybertruck

Living Vehicle teams up with Volta Power Systems to offer the highest-capacity electric power system available in a residential travel trailer.
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Luxury travel trailer company Living Vehicle has taken one giant step closer to their goal of a net-zero energy vehicle. The California-based company has partnered with Volta Power Systems to equip the new 2021 Living Vehicle with an automotive-grade energy system that can store up to 47,600 watt-hours of energy for a 3,080-watt-capable solar array—enough to continuously power two air conditioning units off grid and charge an electric vehicle at rates of up to 44 miles per charge.

"To enjoy true off-grid living, access to reliable energy is a necessary and life-sustaining resource for safety, health, and comfort," says Joanna Hofmann, co-founder and CMO of Living Vehicle. "Our customers value the flexibility to avoid RV parks and stay anywhere with all the luxury comforts of shore power."

Living Vehicle founders Joanna and Matthew Hoffman seen standing on the seven-foot-deep patio deck that folds down and sets up from the side of the vehicle in less than a minute.

Thoughtfully redesigned in response to the coronavirus pandemic, Living Vehicle’s newest models offer increased shore power and resource conservation technology for full-time, luxurious, off-grid living, as well as a mobile office option for remote work.

The 2021 Living Vehicle sleeps up to four (an automatic eurolift option increases sleeping capacity to six) and features an aluminum chassis.

The Living Vehicle can be customized for different environments and terrain, from four-season performance packages to an off-road package for outdoor adventures.

"With the continued disruption of COVID-19, advanced energy is helping us reimagine what’s possible for adventure, safety, and everyday life," says Jack Johnson, founder and CEO of Volta Power Systems. "More than any other trailer on the market, Living Vehicle uses the Volta system to its fullest capability, creating an off-grid experience never before possible."

The bedroom features a queen bed with a cool-touch memory foam mattress, a four-foot closet with a hat shelf, a three-drawer dresser, and a blackout shade for the skylight.

With the Mobile Office package, owners can easily fold up the queen bed into the wall to reveal an 80-inch-long walnut desk surface and white board.

An optional washer/dryer combo unit can be added next to the three-drawer dresser. 

Living Vehicle is releasing three models for 2021, each with different energy generation and storage systems. Starting at $229,995, the 2021 CORE model can supply between one to two weeks of off-grid energy with 9,000 watt-hours of energy capacity and 1,320 watts of solar power. The 2021 MAX model bumps up its energy supply to two to four weeks with 24,000 watt-hours of energy storage and a total solar supply of 2,640 watts. The 2021 PRO has the largest solar system at 3,080 watts and 47,600 watt-hours of energy storage to offer upwards of four weeks of off-grid living. With adequate solar conditions on a daily basis, however, even the Living Vehicle CORE should be able to sustain power indefinitely, says the company.

The 36-inch auto-extending solar awning doubles the amount of solar power from the base 1,320 watts of solar that comes standard to 2,640 watts.

Equipped with larger amounts of inverter power than ever before, all 2021 Living Vehicle models are capable of charging companion Electric Vehicles.

The 2021 Living Vehicle models can charge companion electric vehicles. The PRO model includes an option for Level 2 charging to charge EVs at about 15 times the speed of the standard Level 1 charging.

"Many of our customers have down-payments on electric trucks like Tesla’s Cybertruck or the Rivian, which require access to reliable charging for long-term, off-grid use," says Matthew Hofmann, co-founder and lead designer of Living Vehicle. "With the ability to export high-voltage power from the Volta system, Living Vehicle models will be able to quickly and sustainably charge these tow vehicles or companion cars using stored energy."

All the tech panels (such as the breakers, inverter, security, air conditioning thermostat, ceiling heater, and furnace) are located in the hallway for easy access from the outside.

In addition to increased energy capacity, the 2021 Living Vehicle has been elongated by a foot to a total interior length of 29 feet. The new models also feature a stronger anodized aluminum chassis, a new integrated railing system to increase the capacity of the folding outdoor patio deck, a full-size solar refrigerator, and a mobile office option with 80 inches of desk space and hookups for tech equipment.

The indoor dining space that seats six easily converts into a queen-sized bed. The lounge cushions are covered in marine-grade upholstery with an ultra-leather optional upgrade.

Every 2021 Living Vehicle comes with a 42" 4k Smart HDTV. The space has also been upgraded with a new media cabinet.

A view of the Living Vehicle kitchen with plenty of storage as well as the optional oven, dishwasher and insta-hot water system.

Owners can upgrade their Living Vehicle with the Chef's Kitchen package that includes a marine-grade stainless steel oven/stove combo. The oven, furnace, and water heater are the only items that run off of propane instead of electricity.

This 13-cubic-foot solar-powered fridge is now standard in all 2021 Living Vehicles. The doors can be latched shut when the vehicle is in motion.

The Living Vehicle 2021 luxury travel trailers are now available for reservation with deliveries expected for early next year. Each Living Vehicle is handcrafted and can be customized from a selection of option packages.  

All Living Vehicle showers measure 32 inches by 36 inches with a clear skylight above. The optional Spa Bathroom upgrade includes a rear hardwood slatted wall with shelving, macerator with bidet or compost toilet, towel warmer, outdoor shower, and a shower seat.

An optional outdoor shower is powered by a tankless water heater and placed next to the waterproof fold-down deck.


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