Electric Vanlife: The Weight Issue
Time to talk about the elephant in the room: we have a weight issue. Fully loaded, right now our DIY-converted Fiat E-Ducato is over its maximum allowed weight of 3500kg. We’re going to make some adjustments to get it down to where it needs to be, but because of the added weight of the batteries, this is a big issue for electric campervans. So let’s talk about it!
From Fiat E-Ducato to a fully electric campervan
When we bought our Fiat E-Ducato, it was an empty cargo van. With a DIY van build, we wanted to transform it into a fully electric home on wheels. Here’s how we did it and the choices we made to create the electric campervan of our dreams.
On the road! Our first weeks of travel
After two years of dreaming about this moment, we’ve finally departed on our road trip in our fully electric campervan! We decided on our destination about one week before hitting the road and it was quite the mad scramble to getting everything ready – but we made it and we couldn’t be happier. Here’s how our first weeks went!
Our Fiat E-Ducato Broke Down for Almost 4 Months
Six months after we’d received our brand-new Fiat E-Ducato, it stopped moving. We initially hoped the problem would be easy to fix, but it turned out to be so complex that it ended up taking three months and three weeks to repair. This is the full story: from our electric van breaking down to the issues that were found, how we dealt with it all, and finally: the fix.
Camping in a Local’s Backyard with Campspace
At the hight of the pandemic, when we felt the walls of our apartment closing in around us, we packed a tent for a camping micro adventure close to home in the Netherlands. We booked a stay in a local’s spacious backyard via Dutch start-up Campspace and experienced how easy it can be to switch off, as we spent an evening by a campfire sharing stories with a stranger.
6 Setbacks We Experienced with our Fiat E-Ducato
We were among the first in the world to order the brand-new Fiat E-Ducato and unfortunately, we’ve had to deal with a fair few issues since it arrived. We’ve compiled the biggest setbacks we experienced in our first nine months of being electric van owners and the solutions we’ve found so far.
Why We Chose Electric Vanlife
Our pre-pandemic lives as a travel writer and photographer from the Netherlands, how Covid changed everything for us and why we decided to give up our apartment for fulltime electric vanlife in a campervan.