Heavy-Duty RV Maker Considering Hybrid or Hydrogen-Assisted Platforms
27 August 2007
Kingsley Coach, a manufacturer of custom coaches mounted on class 7 or 8 heavy-duty chassis, is considering alternatives for a hybrid or hydrogen-assisted version of its K-3 model custom coach as part of an environmental and fuel economy push designed to make the K-3 the first hybrid RV model on the market.
|A Kingsley K-3.|
The company may use either a hybrid-electric system or a hydrogen injection system to help improve gas mileage and reduce emissions. Kingsley is also pursuing the use of solar panels on their coaches as an alternate source of power for convenience items within the coach.
We have started discussions with several manufacturing companies about the concept of a hybrid RV and are excited about the possibilities. With the current high cost of fuels, it clearly makes sense for us to explore the possibilities of a hybrid technology. Preliminary research indicates that fuel savings can amount to 35 percent on electric hybrids and 15 percent on hydrogen injection systems— Allan Smethers, CEO
The standard Kingsley K-3 is based on a Volvo 780 chassis with fully automatic transmission and 465 hp engine. A 7.5 kW Guardian RV Generator fueled by LPG provides interior power.
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