Airstream, Inc. was again recognized for design excellence in the Red Dot Product Design competition. This year, the Red Dot jury honored the eStream Concept Vehicle travel trailer for design advances in power usage, sustainability gains for tow vehicles and an enhanced RV user experience.
“We were not looking just to extend towing range with this concept,” Airstream President and CEO Bob Wheeler said. “While adding a powered drive train to the aerodynamic Airstream travel trailer profile helps any tow vehicle increase its range and efficiency, it also powers a feature-rich and comfortable off-grid experience for the owner.”
Two offset electric motors in the eStream’s drivetrain provide 30kW of continuous power and up to 90kW as needed. With reduction gearing, the motors deliver 1,062 pound-feet of torque.
Besides improved tow vehicle economy, the powered drivetrain and Mobility Control feature compensate for travel trailer sway and crosswinds. In Mover mode, the eStream’s drivetrain can be remotely controlled via an iPad app so the travel trailer can be maneuvered in tight spaces without the tow vehicle.
The eStream has 80 kWh of automobile-grade battery storage, enabling use
rs to boondock for a week or more. The eStream’s batteries can be recharged at a standard campground charging post, via 900 watts of rooftop solar panels or at a high-voltage DC fast charging EV charging station.
A regenerative braking system charges the unit as it is towed.
The Red Dot Award is one of the world’s largest design competitions.
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