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Do motorhomes have to be electric from 2030? The answer is yes. The British government has announced that after 2030, the sale of new petrol and diesel vehicles, including motorhomes, will be prohibited.


Current state of motorhomes

Presently, manufacturers of motorhomes continue to produce vehicles powered by petrol and diesel. The demand for these traditional motorhomes remains high, which means the shift towards electric motorhomes is likely to be a gradual process.

It's not just about new vehicles though. Petrol and diesel supplies are projected to be available for decades, outlasting the lifespan of new Internal Combustion Engine (ICE) motorhomes sold up to 2030.


The 2030 Deadline

The government has announced that after 2030, the sale of new petrol and diesel vehicles, including motorhomes, will be prohibited. This bold step comes as part of the government's overarching goal to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2050, aligning with global commitments like the Paris Agreement.


Journey to electric motorhomes

Solar panel on motorhome

The journey to electric motorhomes is not without its challenges. The current range of electric vehicles, especially those capable of carrying the weight of a motorhome, is a significant drawback. However, with continuous advancements in battery technology and the possibility of hydrogen-powered motorhomes, the future looks promising.


Impact on used motorhomes

Used motorhomes will not escape the effects of this transition. There are uncertainties about the value of used ICE motorhomes in the future. However, given the potential cost difference between a one-year-old diesel motorhome and its new electric equivalent in 2030, many people might prefer to buy used diesel motorhomes.


The road ahead

The transition to electric motorhomes is a significant shift for the industry. Manufacturers are presented with both challenges and opportunities. On one hand, they must invest in research and development to build efficient and affordable electric motorhomes. On the other hand, the transition opens up opportunities for innovative designs and functionality, thanks to the absence of traditional engines and exhausts.


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Cost implications

Motorhome parked up in a forest area

Electric motorhomes are likely to be more expensive than their petrol and diesel counterparts, at least initially. The increased cost for manufacturers to produce electric vehicles could drive up the price of motorhomes.


Impact on motorhome campsites

Campsites, too, will need to adapt to the electric revolution. They will need to invest in facilities to enable on-pitch charging for electric motorhomes. This could potentially lead to increased site prices, potentially triggering a wave of discontent among the motorhome community.


Payload problem

One of the major challenges with electric motorhomes relates to the payload. Electric vans are generally heavier than their ICE counterparts, which can limit the payload. This poses a problem for motorhome owners who need a good payload and a decent range.



The 2030 deadline may seem drastic, but there is no need for panic. With continuous advancements in technology and the potential for hydrogen-powered motorhomes, the journey to electric motorhomes looks promising.


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