Is This the Campervan of the Future (Or is it here already)?

This is the Verdier Westfalia Solar Power – VW-style van conversion whose manufacturers claim it is the shape of things to come:

Verdier Westfalia Solar Power Campervan

It’s certainly a modern, strking vehicle with definite sex appeal but great practicality too.

Solar panels, a popup roof that sleeps two, a kitchen area that can be accessed from the outside, a retractable awning… the list goes on.

The only slight reservation I have is in the level of hype surrounding it. Most of these features are already available as production and/or aftermarket options on mainstream van conversions and motorhomes.

Leaving aside the pleasing aesthetics – its looks certainly beat most mainstream conversions – what are we left with?

The specifications published on Verdier’s website include:

  • Hybrid vehicle engine – new, but not specific to the campervan and coming soon to vans everywhere
  • 40W/12V solar panel – pretty unremarkable already. Why such low power?
  • Hydraulic suspension – unusual on a small van, but does it really serve any useful purpose?
  • Built-in satellite navigation – hardly groundbreaking. Already available as an option on almost all new vans
  • Cooker & sink – sounds familiar…
  • ‘Rock and roll’ bed to sleep two with a further double in the poptop – VW and other small van conversions have used this configuration for at least 40 years…

The Verdier Westfalia won the Special Prize from the Jury at the Caravaning Design Award 2006/2007 Innovation for New Mobility at the 2006 Caravan Salon Dusseldorf in Germany.

While an attractive, modern and fairly eco-friendly design – I like the wooden panelling – I can’t help wondering if the judges were blinded by style over innovation.

What do you think?

Here’s a few more pictures to whet your appetite. For the full lowdown, visit Vernier’s website at

Verdier Westfalia Solar Power Campervan

Verdier Solar Power interior staircase for roof bed access

Verdier campervan main double bed

3 thoughts on “Is This the Campervan of the Future (Or is it here already)?

  • June 20, 2008 at 10:29 am

    Oh… I am in love. I sent off for info. It’s totally and completely impractical for me, since I’m looking for an eco-friendly van I can full-time in, but OH is it gorgeous… The passenger seat that turns into a ladder?? Too cool. 🙂

    The music on the website is insidious, though. I closed the browser window and it’s still playing!

  • August 12, 2008 at 2:08 pm

    finaly somebody decided to produce a beautiful car. did you ever see the T4 and T5 volkswagen ugly iron box? but they will produce it?

  • November 14, 2016 at 7:12 pm

    My Dream camper. Ok it has been slated as low powered etc. But I saw a video in 2005 and was hooked. If I ever ever won any money I would buy it.


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