This August saw a number of exciting new van models launched and some great news for UK ‘staycationers’ as new Government guidance allows more campsites to remain open during the winter. Here’s what’s been happening in the world of campervans over the last month.
Mercedes-Benz Announce New eSprinters
Two versions of the eSprinter van have been added to the electric van range by Mercedes-Benz.
One of the new Mercedes-Benz eSprinters comes with standard DC 20kW fast charging which translates to a 10 to 180% charge time of 120 minutes. The second variant has DC 80kW charging and can be fully charged within 30 minutes. With a fully charged battery, each of these eSprinters has a range of 96 miles.
Standard features include a heated driver’s seat with armrest and a dual passenger seat with a comfort overhead control panel. The steering wheel’s height and rake are adjustable and each eSprinter is fitted with Tempmatic air conditioning. There are also five solid paints and five metallic paints to choose from for an additional fee, as well as the likes of upholstery and alloy wheel upgrades being available as customisation options.
Both of the new Mercedes-Benz eSprinters are priced from £43,950.
English and Scottish Campsites Reopen
The UK Government has allowed an extension to the open season for campsites and holiday parks in England and Scotland throughout the coming winter. Many campsites are not permitted to open all year long and require special permission from the local planning authority in order to do so.
Now the Government has published guidance for local authorities to encourage them to temporarily allow longer opening times to aid the economic recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic.
The British Holiday and Home Parks Association had been lobbying for action from the Government, with their Director General saying that the new guidance was ‘a step in the right direction’ to helping minimise job losses and business closures in the UK’s holiday industry.
Hymer Launch New Motorhome Models
German campervan manufacturer Hymer has launched a new version of their B-Class MasterLine motorhome and a special edition model of their Free campervans.
The new model in the B-Class MasterLine range is the T 780 and features a luxury two-berth low-profile and an interior layout consisting of twin single beds and a shower room at the rear. It has Hymer’s own SLC chassis weighing 4,430kg combined with a Mercedes-Benz Sprinter cab and an engine producing 143bhp. The chassis can also be upgraded to 4,500kg to handle heavier loads. The numerous safety features as standard include Crosswind Assist system from Mercedes.
The low-profile of the T 780 is 7.89 metres long and 2.35m wide. The lounge is L-shaped and the kitchen includes three-burner inline hobs, a sink and a 153-litre fridge and freezer combo.
Hymer also launched the Free 540 as a Blue Evolution edition model. The limited-edition campervan is modelled on the 140bhp Ducato and is 5.41 metres long. Interior features include integrated Isofix child seat mounts and Fiat’s new multimedia system with a 7-inch sat-nav display. The new Free 540 will also come with a two-tone exterior, with the main metallic blue colour framed nicely with a black pop-top roof.