Tonke has unveiled arguably the most impressive electric camper van for 2022, the Mercedes-Benz EQV Touring. To help offset some of the cost of Mercedes’ EV technology, it’s supplementing the fully reworked Touring model with the simpler, more affordable EQV Adventure base model. Now, it smooths out the differences with the EQV Nomad, a versatile all-electric campervan conversion that ditches the gas range for induction. The new van also features a simple, flexible sliding galley, perfect for indoor laptop work and outdoor cooking.
We weren’t surprised to see an innovative new electric camper van from Tonke, but we were surprised that it showed up less than a day after we checked out the Dutch company’s Volkswagen ID. The buzz program.That VW van isn’t quite ready for its premiere yet, but Tonke is still working on what promises to be one of them thisthe most impressive lineup of electric camper vans in the world.
Even after winning multiple awards for its EQV camper design, Tonke still isn’t too happy with his product. It likes the idea of having multiple price points, but it really wanted to make a simple adventure-style base model with no cooking gas. The Adventure itself relies on a tailgate-mounted box-style camper kit with a two-burner gas range.
So Tonke started over and did one of what it does best, designing an innovative new indoor/outdoor kitchen. The new three-piece galley stack is simpler than the classic revolving galleys on the EQV Touring and VW Tonke Van, with plinths anchored to the floor behind the driver’s seat. The storage, middle of the hob top and the multipurpose kitchen top all have slide-out doors for outdoor cooking. They can also be left in place to cook in.
The topmost unit in the kitchen can be used as a cover for a two-burner induction hob and as a food prep counter. Pull off the top of the cutting board and it holds a collapsible sink for use with a jug of water. It can also slide further inward behind the swivel front passenger seat to become a workstation, perfect for digital nomads typing away on their laptops.
As standard, the cooker is powered via a 230V campsite connection, but Tonke also offers the option of adding an EcoFlow power station with integrated inverter and 230V outlet for off-grid cooking. It’s also a convenient option for plugging in laptops, smartphones, and other gadgets necessary for remote work.
Like the EQV Adventure, the Nomad has a three-seat rear bench that converts into a bed that measures 57 x 80 inches (145 x 203 cm). Instead of the Adventure’s optional rear tailgate galley, however, the Nomad bed sits above the available tailgate drawer system, where campers can store an optional 31-liter refrigerator or their own cooler, luggage, cargo boxes, camping equipment and more.
The Nomad is powered by a Mercedes-Benz 201-horsepower electric drive and has an estimated range of up to 224 miles (360 kilometers).
Tonke has done a great job of removing the gas tank and reconfiguring the Adventure floor plan, while keeping the price closer to the €73,919 (~$82,300) Adventure model itself than the €90,588 (~$100,875) Touring. Priced at €77,019 ($85,750), the Nomad may even be the best all-rounder in the range, and it comes standard with a multifunctional indoor/outdoor kitchen/workstation, replacing the optional outdoor-only tailgate galley on the Adventure.
EQV Nomad options include a pop-up sleeper roof for two additional berths, EcoFlow power station, compressor refrigerator, rear drawer, interior drapes and a sixth van seat. Tonke will be hosting an EQV Demo Day at its Terheijden headquarters in the Netherlands on Saturday 5th August and will be showcasing the Nomad. It will also have the standard VW ID. The Buzz (which hasn’t had a camper conversion yet) is up for comparison.