FORMER Tesla employees have transferred their talents to the RV market and designed a futuristic 27-foot camper.
Elon Musk’s former protégés have teamed up to create the ultimate glamping experience, adding a dose of luxury to your adventure vacation.
Former Tesla battery engineer Ben Parker and former senior manager Toby Kraus co-founded the San Francisco-based company Lightship.
They claim to be the first all-electric recreational vehicle company in the US and want to redefine the RV market with modern solutions.
Lightship wants to get rid of “smelly, noisy gas or propane generators” that detract from the tranquility of traveling through nature.
The former Tesla employees have now used their invaluable knowledge to build a modern caravan that puts comfort and clean energy at the forefront.
Dubbed the Lightship L1, the portable mini house is incredibly expandable and sleeps up to six people for a road trip like no other.
The 6ft 9in masterpiece already promises to outshine other trailers – but really towers over them when it climbs to 10ft in RV mode.
Explorers can raise the Lightship L1’s roof to extend the ceiling, ensuring there is enough room to roam.
Multiple windows distributed around the caravan ensure a constant flood of natural light and allow campers to enjoy panoramic views of nature.
You can even catch a glimpse of local wildlife while showering in the “relaxing spa bathroom” with high ceilings and porcelain floors.
There is also a convertible lounge area that can also be used as two beds, making it the perfect place to meet up during the tour.
Clever storage solutions make packing for long trips a breeze and allow people to store their belongings in a space-saving manner.
Travel lovers can prepare their meals without missing out on some action thanks to the unique side-extending Camp Kitchen.
With an induction hob and collapsible sink, chop, dice and cook in your exceptional surroundings.
The indoor kitchen area also features large countertops made from marine waste, a stove, oven, small refrigerator, smart appliances and a dishwasher.
Campers always have the controls at hand and can monitor the status of their caravan or easily dim the lights via a digital app.
To make outdoor excursions even easier, Lightship has equipped the roof and awnings with integrated solar panels capable of delivering up to 3kW of solar energy.
The look of the L1 is inspired by Tesla’s rigorous and sporty designsto make it three times more aerodynamic than conventional trailers.
With sharp leading edges, a tapered rear and telescoping hard sides, it promises to slice through the air on the gostreet so it can easily be towed by an electric vehicle with a range of 300 miles.
The motorhome has a self-propelled system with an electric drive train and an on-board battery capacity of up to 80 kWh.
Every aspect of the caravan has been “rigorously prototyped, validated and durability tested” to ensure it’s built to last.
Production of the L1 lightship is expected to start lateyear and is slated to launch at a starting price of $125,000 (£99,800).
The company’s co-founder and president, Toby Kraus, gushed about his excitement at releasing their modern take on an RV.
He said in a statement: “With the market being 90 percent towable RVs, we have started developing an all-electric travel trailer that is unlike any RV available today, and this is just the beginning.”
“We’re using our expertise in electric vehicle development and design to build a brand that creates delightful outdoor travel experiences for everyone and brings even more people to the RV pastime.”
The creation is expected to rival Tesla’s £19,000 Space Camper add-on, which attaches to the fearsome Cybertruck to transform it into a camper van.
It fits snugly within the vehicle’s track bed and extends up and out, allowing two people to squeeze in and sleep on a built-in bed.
But it’s less than half the size of the Lightship L1.