Winnebago and Volta Power Systems Announce Generator-Free 2019 TravatoJuly 08, 2018 by Paul Shepard
Winnebago has partnered with Volta Power Systems to produce the first ever generator-free Travato Class B RV. Volta’s lithium ion energy storage system will come standard on the 2019 Travato (models 59KL and 59GL), fully replacing the need for a generator.
The 2019 Travato is specifically designed to meet increased demand for off-grid capabilities, high comfort and environmental responsibility. With fast charging in under 90 minutes, the Volta energy system supplies up to 30A / 120V service with nearly 10,000Wh of capacity – enough to run standard appliances including the main air conditioner for several hours or overnight.
The system charges while driving, idling, connected to shore, or through a high efficiency MPPT solar charger. A 200W solar panel comes standard.
With the 2019 Travato, Winnebago continues to invest in an environmentally-friendly approach to RVing. The Volta system is a part of the Pure3 package, which improves sustainability through power, insulation, shading and other efficiency upgrades. The energy storage system reduces greenhouse emissions and eliminates the danger of generator carbon monoxide on people and pets.
By removing the need for a generator, the Travato also is among the quietest of Class B RVs, which makes for better sleep and respect for the peaceful night time atmosphere.
“Increasingly, we are seeing a different kind of RV user. Today’s buyers want total freedom from shore power and the ability to camp anywhere with minimum impact on the environment,” said Russ Garfin, Product Manager at Winnebago Industries. “We had been looking for the right technology to meet our high standards for quality and safety, and a relationship with Volta makes great sense.”
Volta’s storage system is unique in the RV market because it’s built on automotive-grade lithium ion technology. Unlike competing RV systems which use consumer-grade LFP batteries, the Travato’s energy storage packs utilize NMC lithium ion chemistry, which is the same platform used for EV and PHEV drivetrains.
As a result, the Travato’s system is safer, more robust and built to last the lifetime of the vehicle.
“Billions of dollars and years of lessons-learned in the automotive industry have produced a truly amazing energy storage technology,” said Jack Johnson, co-founder of Volta. “It’s exciting to see what it can do for the RV industry. Winnebago is setting a new industry standard with the Travato.”
“We designed the Volta system to be powerful, yet easy to operate. The system is simple and can be turned on by a single button,” said Bill Cavanaugh, co-founder of Volta. “By designing the system to run autonomously, we were able to make very advanced technology easy for all users to operate.”
The 2019 Travato is slated to roll out on dealer lots this summer. The Pure3 Energy Management System comes standard in the Travato 59GL and 59KL. This best-in-class system is U.S. built in partnership with Volta Power Systems, helping RVers “cut the cord.”
Pure3 is built with advanced engineering and a simple user interface so you can have confidence and peace of mind as you travel down the road. The 48V automotive-grade lithium energy storage pack provides up to 8,700-watt hours of energy, and powers all coach appliances. Designed for reliability, the Pure3 system makes replenishing power fast, simple, and available through multiple charging options.
The 58V alternator, although compact in size, packs a punch and quickly charges the pack as you drive. Pulling off for the night is stress-free with this advanced lithium system that meets all your power needs without requiring power hookups or the use of a generator.
This fully integrated system includes a powerful 3,600-watt pure sine inverter that offers 30 amps. of power at any time, powering air conditioning and appliances wherever you go.
The best part of this hassle-free system is that it operates on the push of a button and a simple analog gauge that tells you how much energy remains.