Pebble Flow: The Electric Travel Trailer Revolutionizing Towing with Battery Power
California-based startup Pebble is making waves in the travel trailer industry with its groundbreaking electric travel trailer, the Pebble Flow. This innovative trailer utilizes battery power to assist the tow vehicle, offering a solution to the range loss commonly experienced by electric tow vehicles.
In an exciting announcement, Pebble revealed that the Pebble Flow will make its debut at the highly anticipated 2023 Los Angeles auto show next month. The trailer’s standout feature is its 45-kWh LFP battery pack, which provides self-propulsion to “just the right amount of power to assist the tow vehicle,” as stated in a press release from Pebble. This cutting-edge technology aims to address range anxiety for electric vehicle owners by reducing range loss while towing, a significant concern for many.
While the Pebble Flow does require a vehicle with a 6,200-lb towing capacity, its design and features are specifically tailored to minimize the impact on range. This forward-thinking approach sets it apart from traditional travel trailers, making it an appealing choice for eco-conscious adventurers.
In addition to its towing assistance capabilities, Pebble claims that the battery pack in the Pebble Flow can also serve as an emergency home backup power source. The trailer is equipped with an integrated 1-kW solar array, allowing the battery to recharge using renewable energy. Furthermore, users have the option of charging the battery through conventional AC or DC fast-charging connectors.
The Pebble Flow is not only advanced in terms of its functionality but also offers a host of convenient features. Measuring 25 feet long, seven feet six inches wide, and eight feet eight inches tall, the trailer is designed with user convenience in mind. It can align itself with a tow hitch using its motor, eliminating the need for manual maneuvering. Once unhooked, the Pebble Flow can be remote-controlled through a smartphone app, making parking a breeze.
Once parked, users can enjoy the seamless deployment of various amenities with just the push of a button. The trailer boasts an awning, lights, steps, and auto-leveling stabilizers, ensuring a hassle-free camping experience. Inside the Pebble Flow, up to four people can sleep comfortably, thanks to its well-designed layout. The trailer features 270-degree wraparound windows, allowing for breathtaking views of the surrounding nature. In terms of kitchen amenities, it includes a removable induction cooktop, a convection microwave, and a full-size refrigerator, providing a home-like cooking experience on the go.
Excitement is brewing as Pebble has officially begun taking pre-orders for the Flow, with deliveries expected to commence by the end of 2024. Pricing for this revolutionary travel trailer starts at $109,000. For those seeking additional tech features and the convenience of remote control, Pebble is offering a dual-motor version of the Flow starting at $125,000.
Pebble is not alone in its pursuit of revolutionizing the travel trailer industry. Other companies, such as Airstream and Lightship, are also exploring the integration of battery packs in their trailers to assist tow vehicles and mitigate range loss. Airstream’s eStream concept, developed in collaboration with ZF, has shown promising results in extending the range of electric tow vehicles. Meanwhile, Lightship is working on its L1 travel trailer, equipped with an 80-kWh battery pack and a similar propulsion system to aid towing with EVs.
Another notable option is offered by Colorado Teardrops, which provides a trailer that allows users to bring extra batteries to fast-charge the EV they are towing. These advancements in the travel trailer sector, coupled with the imminent arrival of electric RVs like the Grounded G2, have set the stage for an exciting competition among manufacturers.
In summary, Pebble’s Pebble Flow electric travel trailer is transforming the towing experience by utilizing battery power to assist tow vehicles and reduce range loss. With its impressive features, user-friendly design, and the added benefit of emergency backup power, the Pebble Flow is certainly a game-changer in the industry. As more companies join the electric travel trailer revolution, the future of eco-friendly and technologically advanced camping looks brighter than ever.