HWA AG and its partner Knaus Tabbert AG presents an innovative concept for an electric motorhome

HWA AG continues to drive forward development in the field of advanced and sustainable mobility. When it comes to international motorsport and the production of exclusive sports cars, the engineering company from Affalterbach has been renowned for innovation and environmental awareness for a long time. In cooperation with Knaus Tabbert AG, HWA AG is now applying its knowledge to the market segment for regular road vehicles. At the Caravan Salon in Düsseldorf, the public was given its first glamps of the new joint project - the electric KNAUS E.POWER DRIVE.

  • HWA and Knaus Tabbert present an electric motorhome at Caravan Salon
  • Range Extender Technology (REX) removes the need for constant stops for charging
  • Software concept from HWA and PACETEQ allows clean holiday journeys in the future

For years, HWA AG has used the innovative power of motorsport to develop mobility software that is as friendly as sustainable and environmentally-friendly as possible. As HWA RACELAB, the company prepared the Mercedes-Benz EQ Team for its outings in Formula E, and was then also involved in the team's appearances as motorsport partner. In August 2020, HWA and its experienced partners launched the HYRAZE League - the first racing series in the world to use environmentally-produced hydrogen as its energy source. HWA AG's commitment to the environment was recognised in October 2020 by the International Automobile Federation FIA, which awarded the company its three star status - the highest award within the certification programme of the FIA environment and sustainability commission.

With the KNAUS E.POWER DRIVE electric motorhome, from leisure vehicle manufacturer Knaus Tabbert AG, HWA AG is once again proving that its innovative concepts can also contribute significantly to the mobility revolution taking place on public roads. After the ZEDU-1 project, which was supported by the state of Baden-Württemberg and saw HWA AG work with the German Aerospace Center to develop zero-emission axles for eventual production vehicles, the e-motorhome is the next technological milestone for the company from Affalterbach.

The motorhome combines all the characteristics of an electric vehicle, without having to do without the classic combustion technology. Drive components and those for supplying the living area are used together. The HWA-developed Range Extender System makes it possible to increase range and extend self-sufficient operation. The intelligent software, which was developed together with partner company PACETEQ, guarantees optimum efficiency, whatever the current operating status. The innovative concept makes the KNAUS E.POWER DRIVE a self-sufficient and flexible solution - particularly as increasing regional restrictions, such as environmental zones and entry restrictions, are set to make travel with conventional combustion engines significantly more difficult in the future.

From Friday 27th August, visitors to the "Caravan Salon" trade fair in Düsseldorf will be able to check out a prototype of the KNAUS E.POWER DRIVE for the first time in Hall 1. However, work continues on the e-motorhome: after the fair, HWA will undertake an intense test programme with the KNAUS E.POWER DRIVE. The prototype will be consistently developed in lab and field tests.

About HWA AG
HWA AG is an independent, 360° engineering specialist in the fields of automobile racing and high-performance cars. Formed in 1998 by Hans Werner Aufrecht, the company is based in Affalterbach (Germany) and employs roughly 300 highly-qualified members of staff. HWA AG offers all its products and services under the motto ENGINEERING SPEED: The company’s objective is to develop the best possible, high-quality solutions, in order to get its partners and customers to their destination quicker. The portfolio of services ranges from designing all vehicle components to assembling complete cars, together with the relevant logistics, after-sales and support services.

HWA RACELAB is HWA AG’s operations team in motorsport. It brings together experienced specialists in high-quality race engineering and the associated services, in pursuit of success on the motorsport scene. HWA RACELAB entered Formula E as a new team in the 2018/19 season, adding a future-oriented string to HWA’s wealth of racetrack expertise. HWA RACELAB has also been competing in the FIA Formula 3 Championship since 2019 and in the FIA Formula 2 Championship since 2020. With eleven Drivers’ titles and over 180 race wins as a works team for Mercedes-AMG in the DTM, the company is one of the most successful players in international motorsport. HWA RACELAB also draws on the company’s other core areas of expertise, such as the development, assembly and running of GT cars for customer racing, as well as the assembly of Formula 3 race engines.


Jens Birkelbach

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