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Traveling in a 100% electric converted van

Tailor-made van trip

If you want to try a van life experience this year but don’t know where to start, you’re in luck: The Family Van offers tailor-made van trip for its customers, in addition to group travel and individual rental of electric van conversions.

Our goal is to design a trip that matches your aspirations and personality: destinations, accommodations, and activities are all chosen based on exchanges with our specialists in electric custom van travel.

The idea is to offer you a trip that reflects who you are, based on our experience in electric van travel, our knowledge of French regions, and your desires, of course!

Creating your tailor-made van trip itinary

France is a country full of options in terms of diversity of landscapes and centers of interest. Our experts are here to accompany you and build a tailor-made trip in the region of your choice.

Depending on your desires, the duration of your stay, and the exchanges we may have, we will propose a road trip that suits you, including suggestions for stages, activities, restaurants, hidden spots, and much more.

A personalized road book

Before your departure, you will receive your personalized travel diary with all the information you need to travel peacefully. Suggestions for activities on each of your stages, booking information for your accommodations, best practices for traveling in an electrically converted van, and more.

This travel diary will be your little treasure trove and, above all, a wonderful souvenir in which you can slip in some photos of your road trip.

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A high-end concierge service

Drawing from our experience at Original Travel, we offer you a concierge service to accompany you throughout your journey. Whether it’s providing activity recommendations, modifying your itinerary, giving advice on vehicle charging or simply offering assistance in case of problems, we are here to help.

Unique expertise on 100% electric camper van travel

The Family Van is the first and only expert on electric converted van travel in France. Our experience and expertise allow us to offer circuits that are perfectly suited for 100% electric camper van travel.

We provide you with a guide to 100% electric converted van travel and a ChargeMap Business card that allows you to easily and quickly recharge your van at all available charging points on the ChargeMap app.

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How to optimize the autonomy of my electric camper van?

The Family Van, specialist in electric camper van travel, offers you the opportunity to discover how to optimize your trips and recharges in an electric van.

Choosing a stay in an electrical camper van means choosing a vacation from a new perspective. Here’s a closer look at the fail-safe techniques that will optimize the charging of your electric vehicle.

Planning a suitable itinerary

Before the big departure, look into the itinerary you will need to take to reach your final destination. At this stage, it will be interesting to use applications for traveling in an electrically converted van that will allow you to identify charging stations on your route and to be able to connect to them if necessary.

Take advantage of your breaks to recharge your vehicle

Driving cautiously goes hand in hand with frequent breaks! At The Family Van, we co-create circuits with our users based on their feedback and experiences, such as our group trip, The Family Surf, which allows for breaks close to charging points. Your time is optimized if, in any case, you take advantage of your coffee break to recharge the batteries.

Moreover, many highways now offer fast charging stations for users, allowing a full electric charge in about 30 minutes. Even though the cost of using these stations is slightly higher than standard ones, the time saved in charging is well worth it.

To choose eco-driving

Driving in an eco-friendly way means increasing your chances of preserving your autonomy and traveling peacefully. In concrete terms, this means driving at a steady pace for as long as possible, avoiding sudden and strong braking (thanks to engine braking). The goal is to avoid the succession of slowdowns and accelerations, which consume more energy than a smoother driving style.

It is also recommended not to aim for 130 km/h on the highway, but rather to stay in the right lane and drive at a speed of 90 km/h, which is much less energy-consuming.

This example is even more concrete in the case of descents: if driving at 80km/h consumes electricity, by letting go of the pedals, you will recharge your vehicle. What could be better than eco-driving to recharge your battery while driving? The wonders of technology.

By the way, speaking of uphill and downhill driving, we invite you to learn more in our dedicated blog article about driving an electric vehicle in the mountains.

Choosing the right campsites for free charging

One of the key points in traveling with an electric campervan is to optimize your itinerary by choosing campsites (as beautiful and in nature as they may be) with domestic outlets that deliver at least 10 amps.

Charging your converted electric van on a domestic socket at the campsite allows you to recharge at a rate of 2% to 3% per hour, which means you can charge up to 36% overnight!

This will allow you to travel thousands of kilometers without paying for any charging.

Discover how The Family Van team traveled more than 1500km in Portugal by only recharging in their accommodations.

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Travel in camping with an electric camper van

It’s decided, you’re taking the plunge: you’re going to travel in camping with an electric camper van!

Whether you choose to rent a van individually, build a tailor-made trip with our advisors or opt for a group trip, camping will be an inevitable stop on your itinerary, since wild camping is prohibited in France and requires special parking permits.

But how to optimize your time on campsites while traveling in an electric camper van? Let’s take a closer look at our tips for a successful trip.

Charging your electric campervan overnight

After a good day of surfing, hiking, or discovering the local cuisine for the more foodie among you, it’s time to set up your base camp for the night. Arrive in the late afternoon, before dinner (or drinks) and voilà, you’re there.

Here is THE advice we give to all our travelers: recharge your electric vehicle all night long! What could be better than waking up the next morning fully charged, ready to continue the adventure?

But be careful: it is not possible to recharge on all available outlets in the campsite. We will give you the keys in the few lines below for a successful recharge at the campsite.

Choosing the right amperage for the electrical hookups available at the campground

All campsites offer, depending on their capacity and type of clientele (mostly cars and tents or caravans), a specific amperage that can meet different needs. This usually starts at 2A and can reach up to 16A in the best-equipped campsites.

If you want to charge your electric van on the charging stations provided, please make sure that the amperage selected is equal to or greater than 10A. Otherwise, your charge will stop after a few minutes and you won’t be able to take advantage of this benefit.

Let’s take the example of our fully electric (75kW) camper vans. With a 10A power supply, you can recharge 2.5% of battery per hour, which means 36% if you stay from 9 pm to 9 am in the morning!

To refill water and recharge the batteries

All of our vans are equipped with a 30L water tank that allows you to cook, do the dishes or take a shower during any off-road trips. The stopover at the campsite is an opportunity to refill with water if you have run out.

In addition, you can recharge the internal (alternative) battery of your van. It allows you to power the lights, the fridge, and the various USB outlets in the living area of your mobile home.

Choosing campgrounds with electric charging stations

Another option: some campsites have chosen to equip their site with electric charging stations similar to those typically used to charge electric vehicles.

But if campgrounds need to catch up more with electric vehicles and improve their equipment to cater to this growing clientele, at The Family Van, we already work with different partners who are aware of this new way of traveling, which is more flexible and responsible.

And you, when are you planning your electric van trip with The Family Van?

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10 good reasons for traveling in an electric camper van

Whether you’re a novice or a seasoned van traveler, traveling in an electric camper van may still seem quite futuristic to you. The Family Van, a specialist in 100% electric camper van rentals, gives you 10 excellent reasons to travel in an electric van.

1. Enjoying an environmentally friendly adventure

Every year it’s the same, with your crew Louise, Gabin, and Théo, you explore beautiful landscapes by van. You are completely in awe of this nature. What spoils the scenery a bit is the smell of gasoline from vehicles like yours… but not this year! You have decided to travel in an electric van, and now you are driving without emitting any emissions, you can take a deep breath at the top of this mountain and just feel… nature. Congratulations to you!

2. Being in total harmony with nature

Traveling in an electric van allows you to be as discreet as a chameleon and in harmony with the nature around you. Arriving at a spot and hearing the sound of the ocean waves, admiring the wildlife on the edge of a forest without disturbing them, or even hearing Gabin snoring between two trips… All of this is part of the adventure thanks to your wonderful electric van.

3. Traveling in an electric camper van is finally taking the time

In everyday life, you barely have time to take a bite out of your sandwich when your phone vibrates to remind you of the 2 PM meeting. Traveling in an electric van is saying hello to slow travel. Here, we organize our trip a bit and take our time. During a recharge, we have a coffee, we play UNO and chat, we drive at a pace that allows us to take in the views… We rediscover that days have 24 hours and savor each one of them.

Discover here how Héloise embarked on a completely crazy adventure of 7500km in an electric camper van in New Zealand.

4. Saving on fuel costs and being able to enjoy other activities

Going on an electric van trip also means your wallet thanks you. This fuel savings allowed you to treat yourself to a surf lesson on the Basque coast. Louise and Théo loved it and Gabin took unforgettable photos of their falls… For you three, it’s for sure that next summer you will go on a surf trip with The Family Van!

5. Optimized charging at night and without a charging card

You are all three sitting facing the sunset at the campsite where you will spend the night. You discuss tomorrow’s itinerary and consider a route, but you can’t decide. Gabin winks at you and takes out the domestic plug of the van. He plugs in your electric van. It’s as simple as that, you sleep, it recharges, and tomorrow you can improvise freely.

6. Your VIP parking spot for electric vehicles!

In the middle of the afternoon, you arrive at a square near Collioure. You can already smell the waffles and spot an Italian ice cream stand. Théo lights up like a Christmas morning. You spot the parking lot, it’s full. Before Gabin can even sigh, Louise cuts him off. She parks on the square’s parking lot, but on one of the spots exclusively reserved for electric vehicles. A few minutes later, you’re enjoying your ice cream cone and toasting to your VIP spot. Your van is charging, and you’re savoring the moment.

7. Traveling in an electric camper van is like taking a trip in a van from the future

Traveling in an electric van camper is like taking a trip in a van of the future. Traveling in an electric van is, of course, first and foremost a van journey! All the benefits of van travel, such as freedom, autonomy, and communion with nature, are there. What’s different is that you’re engaging in an innovative, more responsible type of travel.

8. We settle comfortably and reliably into the future

This journey has been an adventure, and on top of that, it has made you evolve. You, who had questions, have been able to learn, test, explore and adopt electric vehicle travel. You know that transportation will gradually transition to this mode of travel, and you are proud to have had this experience, and to be able to adopt new modes of travel in the future.

9.Being able to convince your Uncle Bernard that "everything was not better before."

After this trip, each of you can testify and debate from your own experience. No more prejudices about electric vehicles, you know it, you had an incredible vacation. At Christmas, you can finally convince your uncle and tell him that no, “everything wasn’t better before”!

10. Adventure and The Family Van community

Traveling in an electric van is done with The Family Van, through group theme trips, custom-made trips, or simple rental for independent travel. Traveling with The Family Van means giving yourself the opportunity to meet travelers from different backgrounds and sharing special moments together. We help you embark on an adventure with a community of enthusiasts and a team always by your side, so you can travel with peace of mind.

You now have all the reasons to travel in an electric van: visit our website to start your adventure with The Family Van.

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Itinerant surf camp for a long weekend

Summer is approaching and the desire to go on vacation is itching, but your boss will never let you take a full week off. Don’t panic: The Family Van now offers you the opportunity to go on an itinerant surf camp for a long weekend.

The format of our group trips: from Wednesday to Sunday to discover the Nouvelle Aquitaine region and learn to surf.

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Discovering the Nouvelle Aquitaine region for a weekend

A long weekend is the break everyone needs to recharge, think about something else for a few days, and decompress.

Between Landes, Gironde, and Pays-Basque, we can assure you that there is no shortage of things to do in the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region. The Family Van allows you to rediscover this region during a 5-day itinerant surf camp in June.

An Itinerant surf camp for a long weekend ... in an electric van!

The Family Van surf camp has two unique features: it is itinerant and uses electric vans.

The company’s concept is to reimagine the summer camp experience that we all enjoyed as children and adapt it for adults. Who says we can’t have fun past the age of 18? By reserving your itinerant surf camp aboard our electric vans, you can travel responsibly while meeting new people and indulging in the practice of surfing

Daily surf lessons

The goal of a surf camp is to progress in surfing while having a good time.

At The Family Van, all of our itinerant surf camps include van rental, surf equipment (wetsuit, board, and wax), and surf lessons with a certified local guide. Depending on the level of the participants, the guide will determine skill-level groups during the stay.

Optimized recharges with the electric van

In addition to the carefully selected campsites that will allow you to recharge overnight, the route proposed for this 5-day surfcamp has been designed in such a way that you won’t need to recharge during the day.

Convinced? Head to to book your spot in our group trip 🏄

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From summer camp to surf camp, let us take you on a journey!

Summer 2001, you still remember the campfire organized by Céline, the counselor who supervised your summer camp that year. Campfires, big games, lots of friends, and an incomparable nostalgia at the end of those 2 weeks during which your parents said, “but how great are summer camps!”

But 20 years later, that nostalgia is still present and you have only one dream: to find the carefree spirit you had at summer camp, recharge your batteries, and meet new people around a common passion: surfing!

Perfect, you’re in the right place with The Family Surf trip, the only itinerant surf camp in France.

The surf camp, an unusual stay around a passion: surfing and the ocean.

Whether you are a beginner, intermediate, or experienced surfer, a surf camp is the perfect stay to combine discovery, practice, relaxation, and meeting new people in an ideal setting.

Generally all-inclusive, it is located near renowned surf spots and is led by teachers who can usually adapt to the different levels of the participants.

To summarize: a house on a specific spot, 10 to 15 people, daily surf lessons, and additional activities planned most of the time: yoga, hiking, balanced meals… All in an atmosphere centered around well-being and the practice of a sports activity. Today, many surf camps have managed to develop all over Europe and even in the world: France, Portugal, Spain, there is something for everyone.

However, one of them seems to stand out: The Family Surf. Let’s take a closer look at an exceptional itinerant surf camp.

The Family Surf : the surfcamp 2.0

The Family Surf is a surf camp that combines road trips, surfing, the Nouvelle Aquitaine region, and… an electric van! Unlike a traditional surf camp where a group of people practices surfing while being based in the same place for a whole week, The Family Surf offers an itinerant surf camp aboard an electric van. Their goal is to offer an alternative to traditional van travel, focused on a more responsible and innovative travel model.

This one-week expedition themed around surfing brings together enthusiasts and beginners on a circuit that travels through the Nouvelle Aquitaine region: Biscarrosse, Montalivet, Hossegor, the Médoc coast, and the Basque Country are just some of the planned stops on the itinerary.

So, if you have a free week in the coming months and have no idea what to plan… We have the solution! Discover Vanlife Mag’s article on The Family Surf, the itinerant surf camp in France.

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Traveling in a camper van in the South West

Are you looking for a unique way to discover the Southwest of France? Why not try traveling by camper van? This unusual mode of transportation allows you to discover remote places, breathtaking views, and have unforgettable experiences. In this article, we’ll give you tips and tricks for traveling in a camper van in the South West.

Traveling in a camper van in the South West

1. Find the right camper van

The first step to traveling by camper van in the Southwest is to find the right vehicle. There are many models of vans, each with its own advantages and disadvantages. The camper van is usually equipped with a bed, a kitchen, and storage space for a compact size. On the other hand, the converted van offers more space and comfort, but also has its disadvantages: too high for barriers, category 2 tolls, difficulty parking. Before renting or buying a van, make sure it meets your needs and budget.

At The Family Van, you can rent 100% electric camper vans. Our e-Jumpy models will allow you to go anywhere and offer comfortable amenities and all the necessary equipment for a successful road trip.

2. Traveling in a camper van in the South West : itinerary

The southwest of France is full of natural and cultural sites. Before leaving, plan your itinerary according to your interests and desires. Here are some must-see places to visit: the beaches of the Atlantic coast, the Pyrenees, the cities of Bordeaux, Toulouse and Montpellier, the Cévennes National Park, the Basque Country and many others. Don’t forget to book your campsites or parking areas in advance to avoid any unpleasant surprises, and to be in compliance with the rules (wild camping is widely controversial in the southwest).

Discover all our tailor-made itineraries adapted to the electric van travel.

3. Equip yourself

Make sure you have everything you need for a comfortable trip. The basic items include a sleeping bag, pillows, towels, cooking utensils, cooking plates, a cooler, camping chairs, a folding table, and a flashlight. When renting from a rental agency, these items are usually provided for you. While some agencies may charge extra for these items, others such as the electric van rental agency The Family Van offer them for free.

4. Respect the nature

When traveling in a converted or camper van, you have the opportunity to discover beautiful and preserved places. However, it is important to respect the environment and minimize your impact on nature. There is no planet B, so don’t leave waste and sewage anywhere, don’t make fires outside of authorized areas, and don’t park your van in prohibited areas. Respect wild animals and do not feed them.

5. Be flexible

One of the great advantages of traveling in a converted  or camper van is the freedom to change your itinerary at any time. Stay open to unexpected opportunities that come your way. If you come across a beautiful spot, don’t hesitate to stay there longer. If the weather is bad, improvise for a cozy moment in your van or visit an indoor site.

Discover this great review written by Bongo Camper of their summer roadtrip in France.

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Traveling with an electric camper van rental agency

As an adventurer at heart, traveling by van has always appealed to you. Why not consider an electric camper van rental to unleash your inner adventurer while protecting the planet? Let’s take a closer look at traveling with an electric camper van rental agency.

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The Family Van, the electric camper van rental agency

If you’re looking to rent an electric camper van, these are THE specialists: whether you’re planning a group trip, an individual rental, or a custom-made stay, you’ll find what you need at this young startup created in March 2021. On the agenda: comfortable electric vans and advisors available to meet your desires for unique and more responsible travels.

Visit their website now to book your next vacation:

Wikicampers and Yescapa

Although Wikicampers and Yescapa are currently the leaders in peer-to-peer camper van rentals in Europe, they don’t yet offer electric vehicles from individuals. However, in an effort towards responsible practices, The Family Van’s electric vans will be available and listed with these two rental companies.

Travelers who are more concerned about current environmental issues

Today, rental agencies must meet the desires of users who are concerned about choosing new, more responsible ways of traveling.

The idea is to find alternatives that combine tourism, environmental awareness, and pleasure. Why not try out The Family Van by choosing a 100% electric camper van trip?

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The Family Surf - Nouvelle Aquitaine

Laissez-vous entraîner par notre super guide vers les plus beaux spots de surf de Nouvelle Aquitaine, et immergez vous dans la région, entre pins, lac marin et océan - sans oublier huîtres et vin blanc, pour les vrais de vrais. On ne vous promet pas d’accéder aux JO après cette semaine, mais on vous promet de passer de bons moments en groupe et de progresser !