Kempten-based Vanderer uses modules to transform the Peugeot e-Rifter into a compact trailer. After all, you have two cars in one.
Eventually found a parking space at a campsite outside of town, unfolded the awning, and set up the outdoor seating area. Quickly plug the long power cord into the nearest outlet. Camping life at its best, a six-meter mobile home will become your new temporary home. Comfortable, fully equipped and all in nature. But then a new neighbor who raves about a small town restaurant. So pack it all up again and squeeze your way through the narrow streets of the old town with this big one? And then there was an annoying search for a parking space.
“It is also possible to reduce the size,” says Tobias Menig, one of the bosses of a young Kempten company called “Vanderer” – a mixture of “Van” and “Wanderer”. The latest development is the conversion of the compact Peugeot van Rifter, which in the long version offers up to seven seats and is 4.75 meters long. Above all, however, it is an electric car which, thanks to the battery with a capacity of 50 kWh, in accordance with the applicable standard, has a range of about 270 kilometers, depending on the driving style. “The perfect basis for a compact electric mobile home,” says Menig. “Behind the front seats, we were able to design our modular system to offer everything a camper needs.”
Tetris game with a furniture module
For this purpose, Vanderer has developed a furniture module that slides into the vehicle through the tailgate. It consists of individual elements of various shapes that are nested within each other, just like in the famous computer game “Tetris”. This includes a kitchen with a gas burner and an induction cooker or a sink and a sink with running water from a 12 liter tank. There is a 16-liter compressor fridge-freezer between the front seats. The entire kitchen block is electrically height-adjustable and also serves as a coffee table or dining area. At night, it is lowered and becomes the basis of a wide lying area.
The large pop-up roof provides a high standing space in the kitchen and living room, as well as an extra bed. When folded, it resembles a tent, and can be darkened or zipped to allow fresh air to enter the car through the mosquito-proof structure. When it lies flat on the car’s roof, it is no taller than the standard e-Rifter with roof rails. If necessary, there is a solar panel on top that can supply electricity to one of the two additional batteries.
“Our model is actually two cars in one,” says Menig. “The entire kitchen block with all its elements can be quickly pulled out and parked in the backyard garage. This brings the recreational vehicle back to a normal five-seat everyday car that fits in any garage. ” This distinguishes the Peugeot Vanderer from the large mobile homes that can only be used for excursions and vacations and require a lot of parking space at home.
The conversion costs around 20,000 euros
Technically the only currently e-mobile home in the compact segment offers all the advantages of a normal Peugeot Rifter. The 136 HP electric motor does not cause problems with the car, as the furniture is made of light but durable material. Together with the built-in appliances, the car weighs about two tons. For long-distance planning, it is helpful that the Rifter can also dock to a 100kW charging station, allowing it to be recharged to 80% capacity in half an hour. As the network of charging stations, especially abroad, is even more heterogeneous than in Germany, Vanderer assumes that customers are more likely to travel shorter distances, up to 500 km and within a wider city radius, for example on weekends.
Depending on the equipment, the entry-level Peugeot with a long wheelbase costs between 42,440 and 45,190 euros, plus navigation, lane departure warning and brake assist, traffic sign recognition and much more on board. Depending on the customer’s wishes, Vanderer charges approximately 20,000 euros for the conversion. The people of the Allgäu don’t just mean the Rifter. Since the Stellantis Group includes Citroen and Opel in addition to Peugeot, their almost identical e-Berlingo and Combo e Life models can also be converted, which are also only available with electric drive. Since Toyota also has its ProAce City built by Stellantis, the Allgäu-based company can help as well. However, the French Japanese only exist with internal combustion engines. (SP-X)