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Mon Mar 11, 2019
Author: RV News Staff
Xantrex will highlight its new Xantrex Solar product line during RVX: The RV Experience in Salt Lake City this week.
Mitul Chandrani, Xantrex’ senior marketing manager, says the line features flex solar panels in three sizes: 80, 165 and 220 watts.
“The flex panels peel and stick,” Chandrani says. “There’s no drilling. Just peel and attach on the roof. It’s as simple as that. The panel is so flexible, you can roll it like a carpet, bend it and walk on it. Xantrex is known for its inverters and battery chargers, so a solar panel is a logical line extension for us. We have often been asked by dealers why we didn’t offer solar.”
Xantrex already has a long list of orders from its distributor partners for the new solar product line, which was in development for 18 months. Xantrex will demonstrate the new solar panels on a motorhome (pictured left) at RVX.
Xantrex also worked with Coachmen, a division of Forest River, Inc. to develop a lithium ion battery system that eliminates the need for a generator.
“Generators are noisy and pollute and need gas or diesel fuel," Chandrani says. "Coachmen wanted a self-sufficient system to power all of it, so they reached out to us and asked us to develop a solution that would eliminate a generator altogether.”
Chandrani says the solar products will be available for shipping by the end of March. He says early response has been tremendous and Xantrex plans to add more to its solar line.
“For the OEM level, Xantrex has become a complete one-stop shop with batteries, solar panels, inverters, we have it all,” Chandrani says. “For us, RVX is a big event because we are showcasing our solar panels for the first time at an RV show. “We believe dealers and engineers will find our solutions exciting and engaging. We are excited that we will be about to demonstrate our products live and not just talk about it.”