Battery maker partners with RV brand


The Tuscany 45JA RV by Thor. Courtesy Volta Power Systems

A West Michigan battery manufacturer has teamed up with an RV maker on an energy-efficient motor home.

Holland Township-based Volta Power Systems and Elkhart, Indiana-based Thor Industries have formed a partnership to bring a class-A RV that is generator-free and uses automotive-grade lithium-ion technology, according to Volta this spring.

Thor will install the power system on its new Tuscany 45JA motor home, allowing users to experience freedom and off-grid capabilities “never before possible with a class A.”

The Tuscany 45JA RV comes equipped with livable floor plans and high-end amenities and appliances, all powered by the Volta power system and without the noise of a generator.

“The Thor Tuscany is the first-ever class A to feature our hybrid electric system,” said Jack Johnson, co-founder, Volta Power Systems. “The Volta system is a more cost-effective alternative to a full hybrid system, and it gives users more power, more reliability and more freedom to travel wherever they want.”

The power system includes about 36 kWh of usable energy, enough to run amenities all day and A/C overnight on a single charge. It re-charges from a 58-V engine-driven alternator, solar and/or traditional shore power. The system supplies power through three 3,600 W inverter chargers for a full 50-amp shore power experience without the cord.

“We knew that we wanted to unveil a green option with our Tuscany model, and we were very impressed with Volta’s unique knowledge and experience in the advanced energy storage field,” said Jon Krider, director of marketing and product development, Thor Industries.

“The addition of the Volta system will change the way class-A RVs travel.”

Founded in 2014, Volta Power Systems provides lithium-ion energy storage systems for small and mid-size businesses in the RV, marine and specialty vehicle industries.

Thor Industries, founded in 1980, is comprised of 16 subsidiaries. It is behind various brands, such as Airstream, Bison, Keystone and more.

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