Xponent Power showed its new Xpanse solar awning for RVs for the first time in public at the Tacome, Wash., show last week.
The Xpanse awning was launched in late 2021 and the company said it has received rave reviews in the U.S. and international media, as it’s the first-of-its-kind solar awning.
“We are seeing a high level of interest and demand across the customer spectrum – from RV owners to dealers, installers, and OEMs in the RV space,” said Xponent Power Founder Rohini Raghunathan. “Beyond the RV industry, we’re seeing considerable interest from the residential, tiny home, and emergency power markets.”
RVers who go off-grid have an increasingly strong but unserved need to adequately power their appliances, Xponent Power said, and the Xpanse was designed to address that need effectively.
“Even though Xpanse is available in three power options of 800W, 1000W, and 1200W, the overwhelming majority of pre-orders so far have been for the 1200W version; demonstrating the desire for more power by RVers,” said Rohini.
The company said Xpanse can power onboard appliances, including refrigerators, lights, and microwaves. It is compatible with electrical components used in traditional solar installations on RVs, including charge controllers, batteries, and inverters. It can be mounted on either side of an RV and hence provides flexibility to RV owners who would like additional power but are not looking to replace an existing awning. It can also integrate with existing rooftop installations extending the solar power generation capabilities beyond the roof of an RV.