Renault Teases New Camper Van Showcar Based On Electric Kangoo

Renault launched the new Kangoo in late 2020. Since then, the automaker has introduced the Hippie Caviar Hotel, a camper van concept that has spawned sequels. It’s called the Hippie Caviar Motel, and the automaker will be presenting it at this year’s IAA Transportation in Hanover, Germany, next month.

We’ll have to wait until then to take a look at the interior and get all the interesting details, as the automaker only has tantalizing photos of the exterior. Renault based the Hippie Caviar Motel on its little Kangoo van. Power comes from a 120-horsepower (90-kilowatt) electric motor, and gets power from a 45-kilowatt-hour battery. The company claims the electric camper van can provide a range of 177 miles (285 kilometers), but the forgiving WLTP cycle number is unofficial. The automaker says a 30-minute charge can add 105 miles (170 km) of range.

Motels don’t sound as fancy as hotels, which feature a folding bench/bed combination, extendable bed, and other amenities. The hotel even features a rooftop terrace with seating and a coffee table. Renault models it after a five-star hotel room, which includes a concierge service that delivers showers, charging stations and bathrooms to your location.

Renault only mentions the Motel folding stool that turns into a bed. The motel does have “several smart storage spaces” designed to carry exercise equipment. The company offers solutions for both inside and outside the vehicle, offering a roof-mounted ski rack that does not interfere with the panoramic roof. The company uses recycled materials such as tires and cork for the floors, shelves and other parts inside.

Renault did not say whether they have plans to produce the Hippie Caviar Motel or Hotel. The automaker revealed the Hotel alongside its already-on-market Trafic SpaceNomad, which is the first convertible camper van available straight from the company’s catalog. The growing popularity of camper vans has other automakers exploring the space, so we wouldn’t be surprised if the brand expands further into the market. Volkswagen has confirmed it is preparing the ID.Buzz camper van for some time beyond 2025.

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