Spacecamper is already one of the best-known innovators in Germany for light, flexible (and sometimes ultra fast) Volkswagen camper vans. If its latest concept camper makes it to production, it will soon be known as the brains behind the country’s lightest and most flexible electric micro RV bike.
Conceived as a digital nomadic camper with an even smaller footprint than the average electric camper, the Spacecamper Bike prototype dresses an electric cargo bike with a deployable over-bike tarp, a multi-adjustable sleeping platform, and a mobile workstation. Enjoy pedelec travel during the day and a cozy motorhome that can camp practically anywhere at night.
The new e-bike camper is the brainchild of Spacecamper co-founder and CEO Ben Wawra, a dedicated campervan driver who lives and works in his own spacecamper while on the road. Wawra, also a bike enthusiast, was looking for a way to bring the #vanlife experience to two wheels. He didn’t have to look far – as we found out the first time looked at Spacecamper In 2009, Wawra’s partner Markus Riese is also one of the founders and namesake of the German e-bike specialist Riese & Müller. The Spacecamper bike is of course built on a Riese & Müller, the Charging an e-cargo bike Platform.
To be more precise, the Spacecamper Bike is based on the Load 75 from Riese & Müller, which is powered by a Bosch mid-drive with a 1,000 W dual battery system and 14-speed belt drive. The bike is equipped with both front and rear suspension and can be shod with mountain bike tires for better off-road mobility.
The camper part of the Spacecamper Bike equation is packaged in an innovative multi-function module that fits into the Load 75’s cargo area and can be easily removed to allow the bike to continue being ridden for other purposes. Similar to a convertible dining bench in a motorhome, the convertible module serves as storage space, seating and sleeping platform in one.
On the pedal-assist ride to camp, the Spacecamper bike module carries the tarp, tabletop and other camping gear, such as a portable stove and water canister. With the rain cover, the contents are additionally secured and protected from the weather.
Upon arrival, the specially designed module converts into a rear-facing chair or a forward-facing lounge seat. The latter supports a reclined, recumbent-style position with the help of the high, fold-out backrest and extended legrest frame. At night, the lounger lowers to a flat position to serve as a bed-like sleeping platform. Wrap up in a sleeping bag or outdoor blanket to keep warm and you’ve got an above-ground RV bed on the e-bike.
Sleeping under the stars is an option when the weather is clear, and Spacecamper also equips their e-bike camper with a tarp for weather protection. The tarp covers the entire bike and deploys using telescopic poles that attach to the bike frame and extend outward to form a roof. The rear load carrier and bed frame also help the tarp take shape without the need for guy lines or ground stakes. Two side panels extend protection around the bike, and an entry zip makes it easy to get on and off.
The final component of Spacecamper’s micro camper, the removable table top, attaches to the frame above the folded handlebars to create a dining table and desk. The lounger folds down into an upright, rear-facing seat, and campers can use the area to prep meals, cook, eat, and type on a laptop.
Spacecamper presented its e-bike camper concept at this week’s camper and travel fair CMT in Stuttgart. There are no detailed plans to launch the design yet, but Spacecamper Bike’s microsite suggests that we could see a more serious version in Summer 2023 (Northern Hemisphere). There’s no indication of pricing, but it’s worth noting that the Riese & Müller Load 75 e-bike itself starts at €6,899 (about US$7,475) in Germany and increases from there with additional features like the 14- Gear belt drive and the second Bosch battery.
Source: space camper via amp