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The Alphavan.


Alphavan



  • Mercedes-Benz partner Alphavan created a Sprinter-based camper van with a “rear garage” space that can alternatively be used as a children’s bedroom.
  • The tiny home on wheels has separate defined living spaces, including a seating area, bathroom, kitchen, bedroom, and the rear under-bed FlexPort that can be used as a garage or room.
  • The Alphavan is available for order in Europe, but the company is now looking into plans to bring the camper van to the US.
  • Alphavan starts at around $145,920 without tax.
  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

Alphavan created a Mercedes-Benz Sprinter-based camper van with a rear under-bed “garage” space that can alternatively be used as a children’s bedroom.

Alphavan, a Mercedes-Benz partner, was founded by three people with different backgrounds and specialties: Tobias Buhmann is the CEO of “interior solutions” company GETA, Stefan Krause is a technical and design “mastermind”, and Philipp Wex has been working for Mercedes-Benz for the past 18 years.

According to an interview with Krause and Wex, the idea of using a Sprinter as the Alphavan camper van base was a no-brainer for the Germany-based company.

“I think Mercedes is currently one of the best vehicles you can buy for a camper,” Krause told Business Insider. “It’s more expensive than a Fiat, but if you compare the driving between Fiat and Mercedes, there’s a big difference.”

The Alphavan took 10 years to design and develop, according to Krause. However, according to Wex, the Alphavan has gone from “zero to really a product” in the last two years, in part because of the release of a new Sprinter van in 2018.

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Alphavan’s sleeping lounge.


Alphavan



“What’s clear is the segment for camper vans has been growing for the last five to six years in the two-digit growth rate continuously, and I have seen this also from the Mercedes side,” Wex said. “What’s definitely also true for Europe is the growth rate: although we have the bad COVID-19 situations, the interest in doing local vacations and driving around in your own apartment on wheels is a big deal over here as well.”

The interior of the Alphavan is made up of several separate spaces: a seating area, kitchen, bathroom, bedroom, and a “FlexPort” rear garage that can be transformed into another sleeping space or a children’s room.

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The interior of the Alphavan.


Alphavan



This allows the van to accommodate up to four people.

“It was important to us to create this new [roominess] concept,” Wex said.”We wanted to have a full living, seating, and cooking area with a full bedroom, and then we knew we needed flexibility for different sorts of customers.”

The interior living space can come in two styles: the wooden and grey-themed “soft-line”, or the white and grey “pure line.”

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The interior of the Alphavan.


Alphavan



The interior is 6.89 feet tall, which allows van dwellers to stand up inside of their tiny home on wheels.

According to its maker, Alphavan’s interior is 50% lighter than other campers, which is done by using Vöhringer’s Vunder Tech — a  lightweight and breathable material in the van’s furniture. In total, the Alphavan weighs about 7,716.18 pounds.

The kitchen — which is next to the entry doorway — has push-lock drawers, overhead cabinets with LED lights underneath, a refrigerator, a two-burner cooktop, and a sink.

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The interior of the Alphavan.


Alphavan



The kitchen unit also has three compartments on the side closest to the fly screen-lined entry door.

Meals prepared at the kitchen can be eaten across the way at the seating space, which includes a two-person bench and table. The driver and passenger seats can also swivel back to face the table, creating two extra lounging spots.

This dining or work area is surrounded by overhead cabinets and a 230-volt and two USB outlets.

Behind the seating space is the bathroom, which is in its own enclosed waterproof room. The bathroom has a pull-out sink, shower, and toilet with a ventilation system to prevent foul odors from lingering in the apartment on wheels.

In between the bathroom and the sleeping space is Alphavan’s closet, which has a rail to hang clothes and a shoe storage compartment.

For garage use, the FlexPort has a secured equipment storage system, chair holders on the doors, and the option for storage bags on the walls, to name a few amenities.

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Alphavan’s FlexPort.


Alphavan



The FlexPort also has two-floor cabinets that run down both sides of the van. These cabinets also serve as the base for the folding, “self-stabilizing” mattress that can be used by customers who want to utilize the FlexPort as a children’s room.

And like every other space in the van, the FlexPort has outlets and LED lights.

All of the smart apartment on wheel’s electronic components are powered by the van’s 110-watt peak solar panels, 2,300-watt inverter, and 210-amp hour lithium-ion battery.

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Alphavan’s sleeping lounge.


Alphavan



This takes away the need to use any liquefied natural gas to power amenities like the cooktop. 

The van comes with two package options: the Comfort and the Premium.

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The interior of the Alphavan.


Alphavan



The Comfort starts at around $169,263 including tax, or around $145,920 pre-tax. The Premium Package, which adds an additional $23,350, includes a bigger engine, automatic transmission, satellite reception, the television, and air conditioning, to name a few additions.

Customers will also have the option to purchase a four-by-four iteration.

“We are right now still quite a young company with a lot of experience, but we are in a stage where we are quite surprised about the extremely positive feedback we are getting from customers,” Wex said.

Despite the German headquarters, the Alphavan may see itself overseas in the US and Canada someday.

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The interior of the Alphavan.


Alphavan



“After we had the first press coverage here in Europe, it pretty quickly went over to the US, and we currently have quite a significant inflow of requests from US and Canada,” Wex said. “At this point, we are not in the US yet, but as we have received so many requests, we are actually currently investing in what would be necessary to do this step.”

This entails having discussions with Mercedes-Benz and looking into registration and legislation requirements.

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