Skoda UK has shown a unique camper concept carved out of its Enyaq iV 80 electric crossover. Designed to transition between summer festival camping, eco-travel and good, old-fashioned park camping, the capable Enyaq FestEVal electric micro-camper offers up to 338 miles (544 km) of range with a single charge, a 30-minute charge, and room for four people to lay down and get a good night’s sleep. Once the summer weather and event schedule is over, it easily transforms back into an everyday utility machine.

There’s no reason to build a camper from scratch these days. A roof top tent can quickly add sleeping accommodations to a wide variety of vehicles, and the countless camper-in-a-box kits available worldwide can fill a vehicle’s interior with cooking equipment, dining space, food storage, and water and other key features of the camper. It’s also easy to remove these components when camping is over, returning the vehicle back to bare base vehicle form.

Skoda went down the road of off-the-shelf components with the Festeval, decking it out with a set of crossmembers that support a rigid roof tent. The two-person tent pops up in seconds to provide a super quick and comfortable transition between driving and sleeping.

To double this capacity, Skoda UK turned to renowned Czech camper box manufacturer Egoé to add a camper layout to the Enyaq’s doors. Egoé has long been slimming down the design of its camper kits, making the kits smaller and sleeker to fit a wider range of vehicles, from the big van types that have always been efficient campers to smaller 4x4s and station wagons.

The Enyaq iV 80 small electronic camper can accommodate up to four people in two beds

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The Festeval box is an adaptation of Egoé’s newest and sleekest camper kit, the Nestboard. Debuting for summer 2022 (Northern Hemisphere), the Nestboard is purpose-built with a lower, slimmer design that offers the best headroom and boot space in wagons such as the Volkswagen Golf Variant VIII and Skoda Octavia Combi IV.

The Egoé Camper Kit includes a compact single burner stove, water sink and pull-out bed
The Egoé Camper Kit includes a compact single burner stove, water sink and pull-out bed

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Although tall, bulky amenities like a refrigerator don’t fit in the Nestboard’s low, thin frame, and the fun but unnecessary ax is certainly out, the set brings kitchen staples via a compact single-burner stove and a sink with a fold-down basin. Instead of a hard box or reservoir, the Egoé stores water in a bladder that works better in the reduced dimensions. This bubble can also be pulled up and hung for use as a sun shower.

A lid that attaches to the folding sink increases available worktop space, and the slide-out unit also doubles as an outdoor dining table or desk. Flip the front panels of the table and you’ll even find built-in game boards like chess and checkers.

The Egoé Nestboard combines a small kitchen, water storage, a bed for two and an outdoor work/dining station with integrated game boards
The Egoé Nestboard combines a small kitchen, water storage, a bed for two and an outdoor work/dining station with integrated game boards

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During the trip to camp, the Nestboard remains folded in the trunk, allowing passengers to sit in the back seats. At night, these seats fold down and the Nestboard mattress platform adjusts to sleep two people in the vehicle. For the Festival, this completes the creation of a 183-inch (465 cm) Enyaq four-person camper.

Skoda chose the Enyaq iV 80 with the longest range, which has an 82-kWh battery for an estimated 338 miles (544 km, WLTP) combined range. The battery charges at speeds of up to 135 kW, reaching 80 percent in about 30 minutes.

Skoda is using the Enyaq Festeval to highlight the features, characteristics and potential of its first electric SUV for road trips, but the unique show car also does a good job exploring the concept of a light, flexible electric camper that could be a viable zero-emissions alternative. If caravans are going to accept electric vehicles, lightweight, flexible solutions like Egoé kits and/or tents on the roof of 300+ mile (483+ km) crossovers seem like a good first-time vessel. They can offer quite a bit more range than the sub-200 mile limits of some of Europe’s first electric campers with more RV-style amenities than a simple mattress thrown over the folded seats of a Tesla Model S.

It would be interesting to see how much impact the tent has on efficiency and range
It would be interesting to see how much impact the tent has on efficiency and range

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Skoda’s announcement on Monday did not include any mention of plans to sell the Egoé Nestboard or roof tent as accessories. It would be easy enough to buy a roof tent for use with the Enyaq iV, but Egoé doesn’t currently advertise a Nestboard compatible with the electric SUV. However, the €2,940 (approx. US$3,000) box is Egoe’s most recent launch, and the company offers multiple versions of older kits like the Nestbox Camper, Hiker and Roamer, each sized to fit different vehicle sets. So we’d be surprised if he didn’t do the same for the Nestboard, and this show car certainly looks like a glimpse of the next variant.

The Enyaq iV 80 itself is tagged with an RRP of £42,435 (US$51,250) on-the-road (OTR) in the UK. The Enyaq iV 60 with a smaller 62-kWh battery starts at £38,480 (US$46,475).

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