Are we there yet?
The age-old question children have been asking on road trips since the dawn of time (or at least wheeled vehicles) is now even more panic-inducing when you have to factor in where the next charging station is — a concern EV owners have come to know as “range anxiety.”
When you hit the road towing an RV, this problem only gets worse as the additional drag and weight of the trailer substantially increases your fuel consumption, which means added cost and charge time.
Solving this challenge was a fundamental goal behind the Lightship L1, and we knew the only solution was to design the vehicle from the ground up for extreme efficiency and set a new standard for aerodynamic performance for our vehicle class. Most RVs are designed from the inside out, focusing first on the interior space. This formula doesn’t work when the goal is near zero range or mile-per-gallon efficiency loss for the towing vehicle.
Today, we are taking you behind the curtain to discuss the aerodynamic design elements of the L1, including telescoping walls, a boat-tailed rear, and an optimized tongue box that enabled us to achieve what no other electric RV can claim. But don’t just take our word for it; we’ve also included the test results to prove it.
Our design and engineering teams utilized advanced aerodynamic modeling software, real-world tow testing, and our own experiences traveling across the country towing a vintage travel trailer with a Tesla Model X to make the most efficient electric trailer on the market.