• 2009 Winnebago Adventurer Hybrid is the World’s first Class A hybrid RV

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    Well-designed Motorhomes and RVs are the vehicles for deep pocketed nomads. Today we have one for those who also sport a green thumb. Since most of these vehicles are fuel-guzzling beasts, they leave enormous carbon footprints behind. But 2009 Winnebago Adventurer Hybrid dares to tread the green route. Touted to be the world’s first Class A hybrid RV, Winnebago Industries debuted their full-featured green motor home at the 46th Annual National RV Trade Show in Louisville. Though still a concept, I’m sure that demands from folks with a green heart and wallets filled with greens bills will soon push this vehicle to production stage.

    Press release reveals, “The Adventurer hybrid concept vehicle features a Freightliner ecoFRED chassis with Eaton hybrid power system components. This is a full hybrid system in that it utilizes two independent power sources (a diesel engine and an electric motor) that work in conjunction to optimally power the vehicle. The Adventurer Hybrid also is the first hybrid motor home to feature an Auxiliary Power Generation (APG) unit that senses hybrid battery power levels and automatically engages the coach’s engine to charge the batteries. Because this hybrid system also supplies power to the 120-volt coach system, and on-board generator is not required.”