An exciting new innovation from Alko is an electric 48-volt drive integrated in the chassis of trailers and caravans
The range of electric towing vehicles is greatly reduced when combined with a traditional caravan or trailer – in some cases by up to 70%. This would mean a reduction in range from an average of 500 km to only about 100-150 km. Alko's exciting solution is an electric 48-volt drive integrated in the trailer chassis. This means a higher range can be supported, and there are more advantages
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Less Emissions, More Range
The 48-volt drive integrated in the trailer chassis actively supports the towing vehicle and thereby increases the range – regardless of whether it is a classic combustion or electric vehicle.
X-TRA Charge Mode – Active Loading
When braking, the brake/overrun energy can be recovered by a recuperation function in X-TRA Charge Mode, which actively charges the batteries installed in the trailer chassis. This energy can be used to support the towing vehicle, thereby reducing fuel consumption.
The recuperation charging system also serves as a braking function, downhill braking when driving over mountain passes is more comfortable and more wear-resistant.
Anti-Snaking System – Torque Vectoring
An automated and sensor-supported electronic control system transmits safety data to the electric drive, which powers or decelerates the wheels individually. Sensors guarantee the shortest, situation-specific reaction times. This means that the caravan/trailer can be stabilised in dangerous situations without any action on the part of the driver. In addition, other factors such as the loading condition and environmental influences are taken into account in the analysis.
Trailer Park View Assist
Camera systems and intelligent sensors enable easy parking of the trailer or caravan.
A manoeuvring aid is integrated into the smart electric drive negating the need for separate motormovers.
A refrigerator, stove, air conditioning system, entertainment system and much more can be operated self-sufficiently by the energy storage unit.
The system can be charged by plugging into mains power sources, in addition to the recuperation function whilst driving,
Smart additional functions – Connectivity
In addition, the trailer features anti-theft protection by activating an electric immobiliser, GPS tracking for location, and a readout of the trailer / chassis mileage
Actually weight is where electric cars score heavily. The car's batteries make them heavier than the petrol or diesel versions.
It is an interesting development though and I can see it working for a trailer which is frequently used. For a caravan, used say 4 or 5 times a year, would be very expensive putting them beyond the reach of most caravanners.
Of course, you could add a steering wheel and not bother with the car.
I predicted this would happen 2 years ago when i saw it on a HGV trailer at the commercial vehicle show, To be fair i think its a american idea and i havent heard of it being fitted to any uk trailers, we have a fleet size of 16000 trailers and it's not on any of ours
legislation minefield !!!! The trailer, being powered , would fall into the category of being a mechanically powered vehicle , but yet is not intended or adapted to carry people.....so s not a conveyance ......
I wouldn't like to sort out the legislation for it to be able to be used on UK roads ..