March 07, 2024 3 min read

We have been seeing an increasing number of our favorite car companies roll out different models of electric vehicles (EVs). Within the last couple of years we are seeing companies like Rivian, Ford and Tesla releasing models of pickup trucks and Lightship with electric trailers, specifically designed with the outdoor adventurer in mind. Let’s explore the exciting innovations surrounding the future of EVs and how they will change our outdoor adventures.

Sustainable Exploration

One of the most significant and obvious advantages of electric vehicles for outdoor activities is their push for environmental sustainability. Traditional gas-powered vehicles emit harmful greenhouse gasses, contributing to pollution and climate change. Electric vehicles, on the other hand, produce zero tailpipe emissions, offering a cleaner and greener alternative for exploring wherever life takes you. With a growing focus on environmental conservation and eco-friendly practices, EVs align with the ethos of responsible outdoor recreation.

Range and Charging Infrastructure

Concerns about range anxiety and limited charging infrastructure have historically hindered the widespread adoption of electric vehicles, especially for long-distance travel and to remote locations. However, advancements in battery technology and the expansion of charging networks are rapidly addressing these challenges. Modern EVs have ranges up to 516 miles (more than a full tank of gas for most vehicles), allowing outdoor enthusiasts to venture further without worrying over battery life. Plus, there are over 4 million charging stations around the US and those are expected to increase to an estimated 35 million by 2030. We’ve seen a large increase in EV charging stations in places like Moab, showing that there is demand for EVs in locations that center around getting outside. 

Off-road capabilities 

For camping and outdoor activities, versatility and ruggedness are necessary in choosing a car that will fit all of your needs. Recognizing this, automakers are designing electric vehicles with overlanding capabilities and adventure-ready features tailored for outdoor enthusiasts. From electric trucks equipped with four-wheel-drive to large towing capacities, the market is witnessing a surge in EV models designed to work just like your gas powered adventure rig.  Additionally, advancements in battery placement and ground clearance are enhancing the off-road performance of electric vehicles, empowering you to head out on an overlanding trip with confidence and ease.

Adventure-ready designs

Taking the Rivian R1T, Ford Lightning and Tesla Cybertruck models, we see outdoor specific designs to make your camping experience that much more comfortable. Since these vehicles are electric, you’ll find more storage space where a normal combustion engine would live - also known as a frunk (front trunk). In addition to the normal truck bed storage, some models offer a gear tunnel between the back seats and truck bed specifically made for larger outdoor gear like sleeping bags or sleeping pads. Plus, these electric trucks have compatibility with gear racks and roof top tents which can house the HEST sleep system of your choice. These thoughtful details will help you stay organized and more comfortable on your next camping adventure. 

integrated camping amenities

Don’t want to buy an entirely new vehicle? Imagine a trailer powered entirely by solar energy, equipped with a cozy sleeping area, and a compact kitchenette - luckily Lightship created a trailer that checks all of these boxes. These next-generation electric trailers not only offer a comfortable base for outdoor adventures (up to 7 days) but also promote self-sufficiency and low-impact camping practices. By harnessing renewable energy and minimizing environmental footprint, these eco-conscious trailers epitomize the potential for coexistence of technology and nature!



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