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This company created a $25,000 RV travel trailer designed to be towed by an EV like a Tesla

Published by Business Insider on Sun, 21 Feb 2021


<p><img src="https://static3.businessinsider.com/image/602d531b31eb0600197c3bc2-2222/RangeTest.jpg" border="0" alt="P17A travel trailer polydrops" data-mce-source="Polydrops" data-mce-caption="The P17A travel trailer." data-link="https://www.polydrops.com/p17a"></p><p></p><bi-shortcode id="summary-shortcode" data-type="summary-shortcode" class="mceNonEditable" contenteditable="false">Summary List Placement</bi-shortcode><p>Travel trailer maker Polydropswhich designs its tiny homes on wheels to look like spaceshipshas taken a new approach to road travel vehicles by unveiling a trailer that can be towed <a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/lunaz-design-classic-cars-evs-rolls-royce-bentley-jaguar-rover-2021-2'r=bc-sub">by EVs</a>, including Teslas.</p><p>The first Polydrops trailer was designed in 2017 and <a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/tiny-home-on-wheels-inspired-by-spaceship-2019-10">unveiled two years later</a>. Since Polydrops' conception, <a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/top-battery-startup-ceos-outline-their-place-in-battery-market-2021-2'r=bc-sub">vehicles&nbsp; have revolutionized and become increasingly electrified,</a> and the travel trailer maker is now following this electrification lead with its own EV friendly towable.</p><p>Polydrops has always been known for its <a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/tiny-home-on-wheels-inspired-by-spaceship-2019-10">uniquely shaped, futuristic looking travel trailers</a>, and this new unit is no exception. But unlike <a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/best-cars-for-suburban-drivers-from-honda-nissan-mazda-2020-8'r=bc-sub">any previous model</a>, the P17A is the "first travel trailer in the market <a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/sila-ceo-reveals-what-he-learned-from-working-for-tesla-2021-2'r=bc-sub">designed for an EV,</a>" and has been tested using a 2018 Tesla Model 3, according to Polydrops.</p><p><strong>SEE ALSO:&nbsp;<a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/startup-turning-shipping-containers-into-food-trucks-outdoor-dining-2021-2" >A startup is turning shipping containers into sustainable food trucks by looking to tiny homes for inspiration</a></strong></p><h3>The P17A has since been a hit with the public since before it was officially unveiled.</h3><img src="https://static5.businessinsider.com/image/602d567731eb0600197c3bfe-400-300/the-p17a-has-since-been-a-hit-with-the-public-since-before-it-was-officially-unveiled.jpg" alt="" /><br/><br/><h3>"We are getting an enormous amount of emails through our website," Kyunghyun Lew, Polydrop's founder, told Insider in an email interview. "We've sold to the local customers even before we officially launch the product, and one of them purchased it only with the 3D rendering images."</h3><img src="https://static3.businessinsider.com/image/602d546f31eb0600197c3bdb-400-300/we-are-getting-an-enormous-amount-of-emails-through-our-website-kyunghyun-lew-polydrops-founder-told-insider-in-an-email-interview-weve-sold-to-the-local-customers-even-before-we-officially-launch-the-product-and-one-of-them-purchased-it-only-with-the-3d-rendering-images.jpg" alt="" /><br/><br/><h3>Like other road travel vehicle makers, Polydrops saw a boom in popularity following coronavirus-related lockdown measures.</h3><img src="https://static4.businessinsider.com/image/602d540e31eb0600197c3bd0-400-300/like-other-road-travel-vehicle-makers-polydrops-saw-a-boom-in-popularity-following-coronavirus-related-lockdown-measures.jpg" alt="" /><br/><br/><h3>However, it closed its sales soon after to meet its orders and to create the P17A and the upcoming P21X, the latter a larger trailer model, according to Lew.</h3><img src="https://static2.businessinsider.com/image/602d553d0bbc6c001824bd40-400-300/however-it-closed-its-sales-soon-after-to-meet-its-orders-and-to-create-the-p17a-and-the-upcoming-p21x-the-latter-a-larger-trailer-model-according-to-lew.jpg" alt="" /><br/><br/><h3>The trailer has reduced air drag, rolling resistance, and weight to make it more EV friendly, according to Lew.</h3><img src="https://static4.businessinsider.com/image/602d544d31eb0600197c3bd7-400-300/the-trailer-has-reduced-air-drag-rolling-resistance-and-weight-to-make-it-more-ev-friendly-according-to-lew.jpg" alt="" /><br/><br/><h3>During a test road trip from Los Angeles to Lone Pine, California, a 2018 Tesla 3 Long Range rear-wheel-drive towing the P17A logged 306 watt-hours-per-mile, according to Polydrop.</h3><img src="https://static6.businessinsider.com/image/602d545a0bbc6c001824bd37-400-300/during-a-test-road-trip-from-los-angeles-to-lone-pine-california-a-2018-tesla-3-long-range-rear-wheel-drive-towing-the-p17a-logged-306-watt-hours-per-mile-according-to-polydrop.jpg" alt="" /><br/><br/><h3>As a result, the 2018 Model 3 could travel 245 miles on one charge even while towing the P17A.</h3><img src="https://static6.businessinsider.com/image/602d55ab31eb0600197c3bf8-400-300/as-a-result-the-2018-model-3-could-travel-245-miles-on-one-charge-even-while-towing-the-p17a.jpg" alt="" /><br/><br/><h3>Of course, this range varies per electric vehicle and model year, but on average, an EV towing a P17A has an energy consumption of 298 watt-hours-per-mile and a range of 251 miles, according to Polydrops' website.</h3><img src="https://static6.businessinsider.com/image/602d54540bbc6c001824bd36-400-300/of-course-this-range-varies-per-electric-vehicle-and-model-year-but-on-average-an-ev-towing-a-p17a-has-an-energy-consumption-of-298-watt-hours-per-mile-and-a-range-of-251-miles-according-to-polydrops-website.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><em>Source: <a href="https://www.polydrops.com/p17a">Polydrops</a></em></p></p><br/><br/><h3>The aluminum trailer has an aerodynamic shape, allowing the electric vehicle towing the 1,200-pound trailer to save some energy.</h3><img src="https://static3.businessinsider.com/image/602d54370bbc6c001824bd33-400-300/the-aluminum-trailer-has-an-aerodynamic-shape-allowing-the-electric-vehicle-towing-the-1200-pound-trailer-to-save-some-energy.jpg" alt="" /><br/><br/><h3>Now, onto the general basics of the trailer. The P17A uses foam core and aluminum for its structure and has batteries integrated into its floor.</h3><img src="https://static5.businessinsider.com/image/602d55080bbc6c001824bd3d-400-300/now-onto-the-general-basics-of-the-trailer-the-p17a-uses-foam-core-and-aluminum-for-its-structure-and-has-batteries-integrated-into-its-floor.jpg" alt="" /><br/><br/><h3>These batteries then supply between 2.4 to 12-kilowatt-hours of energy.</h3><img src="https://static5.businessinsider.com/image/602d52e231eb0600197c3bb8-400-300/these-batteries-then-supply-between-24-to-12-kilowatt-hours-of-energy.jpg" alt="" /><br/><br/><h3>This battery system also accompanies the solar panels, which then in turn supply between 260 to 520-watts of solar energy.</h3><img src="https://static3.businessinsider.com/image/602d550e31eb0600197c3be2-400-300/this-battery-system-also-accompanies-the-solar-panels-which-then-in-turn-supply-between-260-to-520-watts-of-solar-energy.jpg" alt="" /><br/><br/><h3>The 2.4 kilowatt-hour battery can be upgraded to 4.8 or 12 kilowatt-hours for $2,000 or $8,000 respectively.</h3><img src="https://static5.businessinsider.com/image/602d55b70bbc6c001824bd54-400-300/the-24-kilowatt-hour-battery-can-be-upgraded-to-48-or-12-kilowatt-hours-for-2000-or-8000-respectively.jpg" alt="" /><br/><br/><h3>Similarly, the 260-watt solar panels can be boosted to 520-watt for an additional $800.</h3><img src="https://static3.businessinsider.com/image/602d552f0bbc6c001824bd3e-400-300/similarly-the-260-watt-solar-panels-can-be-boosted-to-520-watt-for-an-additional-800.jpg" alt="" /><br/><br/><h3>A fully upgraded Polydrops trailer can last off-grid for six nights.</h3><img src="https://static4.businessinsider.com/image/602d544031eb0600197c3bd6-400-300/a-fully-upgraded-polydrops-trailer-can-last-off-grid-for-six-nights.jpg" alt="" /><br/><br/><h3>"It is a freedom to stay anywhere, work anywhere," Lew told Insider.</h3><img src="https://static5.businessinsider.com/image/602d565f31eb0600197c3bfc-400-300/it-is-a-freedom-to-stay-anywhere-work-anywhere-lew-told-insider.jpg" alt="" /><br/><br/><h3>Elements like the upgraded suspension allow the trailer to travel smoothly.</h3><img src="https://static3.businessinsider.com/image/602d557431eb0600197c3be7-400-300/elements-like-the-upgraded-suspension-allow-the-trailer-to-travel-smoothly.jpg" alt="" /><br/><br/><h3>The trailer stands at about 13.5 feet long, six feet wide, and 5.3 feet tall. The interior width is 4.5 feet, which is bigger than the previous Polydrops trailer model.</h3><img src="https://static1.businessinsider.com/image/602d55370bbc6c001824bd3f-400-300/the-trailer-stands-at-about-135-feet-long-six-feet-wide-and-53-feet-tall-the-interior-width-is-45-feet-which-is-bigger-than-the-previous-polydrops-trailer-model.jpg" alt="" /><br/><br/><h3>This allows the unit to fit a full-size mattress.</h3><img src="https://static1.businessinsider.com/image/602d555d31eb0600197c3be6-400-300/this-allows-the-unit-to-fit-a-full-size-mattress.jpg" alt="" /><br/><br/><h3>Power may be limited, but the insulated trailer still has amenities that make it comfortable to inhabit, including a heater and air conditioner.</h3><img src="https://static4.businessinsider.com/image/602d562b0bbc6c001824bd55-400-300/power-may-be-limited-but-the-insulated-trailer-still-has-amenities-that-make-it-comfortable-to-inhabit-including-a-heater-and-air-conditioner.jpg" alt="" /><br/><br/><h3>Polydrops' decision to run the entire HVAC system using battery power was inspired by customer feedback, especially from Tesla drivers, according to Lew.</h3><img src="https://static2.businessinsider.com/image/602d55450bbc6c001824bd41-400-300/polydrops-decision-to-run-the-entire-hvac-system-using-battery-power-was-inspired-by-customer-feedback-especially-from-tesla-drivers-according-to-lew.jpg" alt="" /><br/><br/><h3>According to Lew, the P17A is Polydrop's "most advanced" product yet with its temperature control system and insulated structure, both of which make it weather-tolerant.</h3><img src="https://static4.businessinsider.com/image/602d561d31eb0600197c3bfb-400-300/according-to-lew-the-p17a-is-polydrops-most-advanced-product-yet-with-its-temperature-control-system-and-insulated-structure-both-of-which-make-it-weather-tolerant.jpg" alt="" /><br/><br/><h3>There are also interior outlets, including USB ports, to power up any other necessary tech.</h3><img src="https://static4.businessinsider.com/image/602d546231eb0600197c3bd9-400-300/there-are-also-interior-outlets-including-usb-ports-to-power-up-any-other-necessary-tech.jpg" alt="" /><br/><br/><h3>Interior LED lights brighten up the space for nighttime camping.</h3><img src="https://static5.businessinsider.com/image/602d561431eb0600197c3bfa-400-300/interior-led-lights-brighten-up-the-space-for-nighttime-camping.jpg" alt="" /><br/><br/><h3>There are also several storage units throughout the tiny home on wheels, including a small closet with a clothes bar.</h3><img src="https://static5.businessinsider.com/image/602d557e0bbc6c001824bd4d-400-300/there-are-also-several-storage-units-throughout-the-tiny-home-on-wheels-including-a-small-closet-with-a-clothes-bar.jpg" alt="" /><br/><br/><h3>No need for a campfire meal: the trailer can be upgraded with a kitchen add-on for $1,850.</h3><img src="https://static4.businessinsider.com/image/602d541d31eb0600197c3bd3-400-300/no-need-for-a-campfire-meal-the-trailer-can-be-upgraded-with-a-kitchen-add-on-for-1850.jpg" alt="" /><br/><br/><h3>This add-on gives the P17A a refrigerator, an induction stovetop, a sink, a utensils holder, and storage units, including ones for fresh and greywater.</h3><img src="https://static4.businessinsider.com/image/602d555031eb0600197c3be5-400-300/this-add-on-gives-the-p17a-a-refrigerator-an-induction-stovetop-a-sink-a-utensils-holder-and-storage-units-including-ones-for-fresh-and-greywater.jpg" alt="" /><br/><br/><h3>The kitchen can be accessed from both inside and outside the trailer, which means there's no need to crawl outside for a midnight snack.</h3><img src="https://static3.businessinsider.com/image/602d558a0bbc6c001824bd53-400-300/the-kitchen-can-be-accessed-from-both-inside-and-outside-the-trailer-which-means-theres-no-need-to-crawl-outside-for-a-midnight-snack.jpg" alt="" /><br/><br/><h3>Don't want to bring a portable speaker' You can upgrade the P17A to include Bluetooth speakers for $500.</h3><img src="https://static3.businessinsider.com/image/602d53fa0bbc6c001824bd2e-400-300/dont-want-to-bring-a-portable-speaker-you-can-upgrade-the-p17a-to-include-bluetooth-speakers-for-500.jpg" alt="" /><br/><br/><h3>The trailer can range from $24,990 to $36,140 with all of the most expensive add-ons included.</h3><img src="https://static3.businessinsider.com/image/602d559231eb0600197c3bf6-400-300/the-trailer-can-range-from-24990-to-36140-with-all-of-the-most-expensive-add-ons-included.jpg" alt="" /><br/><br/>
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