ElectricBrands took the next step in a zero-emission modular vehicle project and presented a working prototype of the XBUS (formerly eBussy), which will come off the production line as a series model from 2022. The prototype was presented in a YouTube live event.
The XBUS should score points with its modular structures and exchangeable batteries in the L7e electric light vehicle class. The company has both commercial and private customers in mind as its target group.
The XBUS could possibly be the most innovative modular vehicle in the lightweight category. Two chassis options – the XBUS City and the XBUS Off-road – are available as a basic version or with eight separate modules. The modular universal vehicle can literally be transformed into whatever you need, from a bus and a transporter to a panel van, flatbed truck, classic pickup, station wagon, camper, or convertible – even in various colors.
The best part is that the interchangeable modules are easy to swap and configure. All drive technology is now housed in the 3.65-meter long platform. Its maximum range without charging, with a full battery and integrated solar panels, is over 600 km (373 miles), and on a daily basis, it can go for 200 km (124 miles).
The XBUS provides a permanent, electronically controlled all-wheel drive and over 1000 Nm of torque with a maximum speed of 100 km/h (62 mph). Without batteries, load, and superstructure, it only weighs about 600 kg, but it can still carry up to 1,000 kg of payload – depending on the modules used.
With its app-controlled communication system and other optional features such as air conditioning and digital exterior mirrors, the XBUS sets new standards not only as a light vehicle.
ElectricBrands XBUS prices range between £19,744 ($27,000) and £31,946 ($44,000), with the first innovative modular vehicles expected to arrive next year.