RVIA Economic Impact Study

The Recreation Vehicle Industry Association commissioned an Economic Impact Study on the RV industry, released on June 7, 2016. The study found that the RV industry contributes about $49.7 billion in economic output or 0.28 percent of the Gross Domestic Product. Through its production and distribution linkages, the industry impacts firms in 426 of the 440 sectors of the United States economy.

Nationwide, the industry is responsible for 216,170 jobs, both directly and inderectly, creating an economic impact of $37.5 billion. The full study results, along with each individual state and congressional district's economic impact is available on the website by clicking here .

Winnebago Launches State-of-the-Art Electric Healthcare Vehicles

Mon Sep 10, 2018
Author: RV News Staff

153658542639363.pngWinnebago and its partners will provide all-electric mobile healthcare vehicles. The first all-electric, zero-emissions mobile units were announced at the Global Climate Action Summit.

Winnebago’s partners in the electric mobile lung units (eMLU) are Samsung’s NeuroLogica and Motiv Power Systems. Samsung provides the Neurologica BodyTom Elite, the world’s first portable, full-body, 32 slice CT scanner and Motiv provides the power via a Ford F-53 based EPIC 6 all-electric chassis.

Winnebago is displaying the vehicle in San Francisco, at both CALSTART’s Global Commercial Vehicle Drive to Zero Workshop on Sept. 11 and the Global Climate Action Summit September 12-14.

The eMLU vehicle is wrapped featuring the American Lung Association and the Ad Council’s ”Saved By The Scan initiative to promote the early detection of lung cancer through screening.

The eMLU features include: Motiv Power Systems all-electric/zero-emissions EPIC chassis, removing the need to idle an engine; the vehicle holds enough charge for eight hours of service plus round-trip travel to and from its home facility; the vehicle charges to half its full capacity in two hours and 75 percent of capacity in four hours.

“The world’s first all-electric Mobile Lung Unit is a big milestone in the trend of bringing care direct to the consumer without harming patients, health, or the environment,” said Jim Castelaz, Motiv CEO and founder. “Motiv’s Ford eQVM approved EPIC all-electric chassis, paired with Winnebago Industries’ highly regarded commercial shell, brings unparalleled reliable performance and functionality as we work together to electrify the specialty vehicle market.”