World’s First Electric Campervan unveiling at NEC Show 2014

Posted on by David Burley

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World’s first electric campervan conversion to be unveiled at the Motorhome & Caravan Show 2014

  • Based on the new Nissan e-NV200 electric van
  • First commercially available vehicle of its kind
  • Converted by British experts Hillside Leisure
  • See it for the first time at the UK’s national, new product show


This year’s Motorhome & Caravan Show will see a world exhibition first with the grand unveiling of an electric, zero emission, campervan conversion from specialist British firm Hillside Leisure. The Show runs from the 14th – 19th October at the NEC, Birmingham.

Electric car sales have recently topped 10,000 in the UK1 signalling that zero emission vehicles are starting to catch on, driven by the rollout of superfast chargers at motorway service stations2 and government incentives that have cut ownership costs3. Commercial electric vans are now starting to appear too, with Nissan launching its e-NV200 model in 2014.

The Hillside Leisure campervan conversion is based on the Nissan e-NV200. With its van dimensions it can easily be used as a daily driver, yet once converted with an elevating roof and cargo area transformed into a luxurious living space it’s still perfect for those spontaneous weekend trips to the seaside, or days out in the Peak District.

The completed Hillside Leisure campervan has all the best equipment for camping and boasts many futuristic features, including:

  • Award winning zero-emission technology
  • 40% lower servicing costs (no engine oil, belts, gearbox or clutch)
  • Up to four times cheaper to fuel than diesel vehicles
  • Vibration-free, emission-free, noise-free drivetrain
  • Practical 106 mile range, 76mph maximum speed
  • Multi-function display gives an economy read-out along with battery state of charge
  • Pre-heating control which can be remotely operated via a smartphone
  • Electric air conditioning system
  • Battery charge app for smartphones
  • 2-ring hob, 39-litre fridge, on board water tank and low voltage LED lighting
  • Spinning passenger front seat
  • Rear seat that converts from seat to bed in just a few seconds
  • One to four berths

Mark Cross, director of Derby-based Hillside Leisure said: “We believe this conversion will be a first in the industry, indeed in the world, and the start of the electric revolution in our market. We went to great lengths to ensure delivery of the brand new Nissan e-NV200 electric van, which is the first one in the country, and we’ve used our in-house team of highly skilled craftsmen to create our unique campervan conversion. We can’t wait to unveil it at the Show, in Hall 11, and look forward to putting it into full production in 2015.

“You’re probably thinking about the practicalities of having an electric vehicle as a campervan and will be curious about charging points. If you haven’t experienced an electric car then you’ll be pleased to hear that there is a fast growing network of charge points and technology already exists to help drivers find their next charging point.”

Zap-Map shows that there are over 7,000 places in the UK that drivers can stop and re-charge their electric vehicle, which takes less time than people might think thanks to quick charging technology.

A dedicated CHAdeMO quick charger can recharge the battery to 80% capacity in as little as 30 minutes – a perfect time to grab a snack on route to a campsite. More than 1,100 CHAdeMO quick chargers are already available to the public and have been installed across Europe, with 220 of those in the UK.

Andrew Whalley, NCC Events managing director said: “I am delighted that we’re having such an exciting product debut at our event, and I am sure that the public will be eager to see how this electric campervan conversion measures up to the more conventional options on display. From a practical point of view, I would like to think that campsites and touring parks will facilitate visitors with electric campervans in the future.”

The Motorhome & Caravan Show 2014 is at the Birmingham NEC from the 14 – 19 October and tickets are still on sale at special advance prices from just £7*. Booking in advance means beating the queues and saving money.

The Show, featuring more than 400 exhibitors and filling 11 halls, will be opened by former F1 World Champion Nigel Mansell, and TV’s Fiona Bruce with Julia Bradbury also attending on Friday the 17th.

Visitors can browse all the new caravans, motorhomes, campervans, trailer tents and folding caravans, luxury lodges and caravan holiday homes as well as thousands of accessories.

On-the-door tickets cost £9 for Seniors (60 +) and £10 for Adults, with children under 16 years admitted for free. All tickets include free parking and a free Show Guide (subject to availability).

About David Burley


David lives & breathes motorhomes, an ex Fulltimer who has years of experience living in a motorhome and now drawing on his Royal Navy Technical engineering background for installation work.