The future of power is ever changing. With electrification, new bans and regulations, and advances in technology coming faster than ever, the RV industry as a whole needs to adapt and provide solutions to our customers. As a leader in the mobile power space for over a quarter century, RV Pro asked Go Power! a few questions to answer some questions about where we felt the future of power was headed.
What is new and innovative in power solutions for the RV industry right now?
Panel efficiencies are improving, as well as solar charge controller efficiency and connectivity. Connectivity is getting easier to adopt, which aims to not only improve end user experience but tech support as well with at-the-ready diagnostics and over the-air firmware updates.
How do you see the new ruling in California to allow electric vehicle sales only by 2035 impacting the RV industry as a whole?
This will have an impact, but the more recent ruling of banning generators in California 2024(25) is having a more short-term impact. This is leading the OEMs to look at high DC system voltages and working on creative ways to make the RVs more efficient and less reliant on fossil fuels. By 2035, I hope that the technology has advanced enough that we could have a Class B or C or even a Class A be all electric and be able to travel a decent distance when fully loaded.
Where do you see this type of legislation heading in the future, in California and beyond?
Well, hard to say, but since I know the OEMs are already looking at California’s ruling on generators it could mean a revolution in the way they manufacture and work on making the RVs more efficient. All technologies will need to import. Air conditioners will need to be more efficient. Maybe this is a combination with RV roofs being flat to allow more solar to help recharge batteries. Then the batteries need to be more powerful and more affordable, but hopefully these will all come soon.
What is a challenge for RV manufacturers, dealers or customers for adopting alternative power sources?
Weight is a big issue. RVs are also not the most aerodynamic, so trying to build an all-electric Class A with multi ACs, with some actual usable driving range, is going to be a challenge.
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