Campers Scotland has a neat specialist touch – it creates camper vans to fill all sorts of niche markets, then sells or hires them out.
But with campers being typically back-to-nature types, the idea of an environmentally friendly camper van has caught their eye. Hence, the Eco Camper produced by an offshoot company, The CampervanCo.
The linchpin of Campers Scotland’s range is the Toyota Hybrid Eco Camper based on the Toyota Alphard Hybrid, one of the most popular hybrid vehicles in Japan. It incorporates Toyota’s Hybrid Synergy Drive.
This combines the power and convenience of a low-emission petrol engine and the economy and efficiency of an electric power ‘capture and drive’ system.
When the engine is running, it charges the battery via the generator. When driving conditions allow, such as in slow-moving traffic, the generator can cut out the petrol engine and let the electric motor take over for zero emissions driving.
The sophisticated engine management system can sense when the car is stationary and will switch off the engine to conserve power and cut emissions, automatically starting up again when required. Campers Scotland uses this system to power its super-fast induction hobs, providing cooking power anywhere and anytime.
There’s also the Tribrid which Campers Scotland calls its ‘über-green’ version. This can make use of LPG (liquefied petroleum gas), also known as Autogas and it works alongside the petrol and electric power options.
“Not only is LPG half the price of petrol (providing the economic equivalent of 80mpg), it emits a fraction of the toxins associated with petrol and diesel,” says the company.
“It can extend tank range to over 1,000 miles without refuelling. Offering exceptional range and economy, the tribrid outperforms any campervan on the market.”
There’s more. Scotland has one of the wildest, most special and unspoilt landscapes anywhere in the world so naturally Campers Scotland’s customers want to take advantage of this rugged outdoors. So it’s Eco Campers are also Eco Explorers, with four-wheel-drive and ground clearance to match.
As well as the Toyota, there’s also a Mitsubishi version, the D:5 Terrain which is based on the same 4×4 platform as Mitsubishi’s tough Outlander. You won’t miss it – it’s bright orange.