“So many people will never embark on an RV trip simply because they are intimidated by how to do it,” notes Stefan Solyom, Pebble CTO, a new electric recreational vehicle venture developed by a roster of former Apple, Tesla, Volvo, and Lucid employees. Despite those hurdles, countless vacationers set out onto the road during the pandemic to vacation in trailers and RVs. The trend in turn sparked the development of a new generation of tech-laden recreational vehicles, both large and small, each more Tesla in nature than the clunky Winnebagos you might remember parked in our grandparent’s driveway.
The 100% electric Pebble Flow rolls in representing the more lavish end of the trailer lifestyle, and certainly delivers several magnitudes more comforts than traditional car camping. With a starting price of $98,500 and stretching 25′ long, 7’6″ wide, and surprisingly tall at 8’8″ in height, the Flow measures well against the comparably modern and more aerodynamic Lightship L1’s 27′ long, 8’6″ wide and 7’6″ tall dimensions. For additional comparison against the standard bearer of trailer design, the Flow’s price lands in the same ballpark as an Airstream Flying Cloud.
Like the aforementioned Lightship L1, Pebble Flow’s designers recognize hauling a battery-laden trailer is a literally heavy task, and have thus outfitted the Flow with a dual-motor Active Propulsion Assist System to mitigate range anxiety.
The Flow’s designers also identified hitching a tow vehicle to a trailer can be a daunting task for the uninitiated, so they engineered the trailer to handle the task itself through an array of sensors, automatically aligning trailer to tow vehicle.
Campsite meals are made considerably easier to prepare using the Flow’s fully stocked kitchen that includes a removable induction cooktop, a 4-in-1 convection microwave, and a full-size fridge. There’s even a flip-up service window in times when al fresco is the way to go.
Pebble CEO and founder Bingrui Yang’s 9-year tenure at Apple leading iPhone development is reflected in Pebble’s lofty goal of making a large recreational vehicle as intuitive to use as that centerpiece of many modern lives. The Pebble app is thus the centerpiece of the vehicle’s design, controlling lights, door locks, temperature control systems, and vehicle monitoring. “We are automating the hardest parts of the RV experience with the same technologies that power the most advanced automotive innovations,” says Yang, “If you know how to use an iPhone, you’ll be comfortable using our product.”
Those interested in glamping in comfort and pre-ordering the Pebble Flow can learn more at pebblelife.com. And if by chance you’re planning to attend this year’s LA Auto Show going on now, you can see the Pebble Flow firsthand at its debut through November 26th.