German Electric Brands is now showing off its compact, electric public bus in driveable prototype form. It should be so small and light that it can be classified as a quad bike.
In recent years it has hailed computer renderings on electric car concepts in our inboxes here at the editorial office. Many startup companies have various interesting electric vehicles underway. Some have proven to be no more than that while others by all accounts will soon become a reality – for example American Rivian’s pickup R1T.
Now we can probably add another brand name to the memory. German Electric Brands has now unveiled a physical prototype of the XBus, formerly eBussy, a miniature electric public bus.
It should be so small (3.96 meters long, 1.64 meters wide and 1.96-2.03 meters high) and light (under 600 kg without battery and accessories) that it fits into the EU vehicle class L7e-B2 which is actually for multi-seater quad bikes such as the Can-Am Maverick.
XBus has a modular design and should be able to be rebuilt “in no time”. In the first place, however, it seems to be sold finished in one of the eight in the picture.
The little XBus should be something of a contract construction and is offered with two different basic chassis: standard Standard or City and the 7 cm higher Off-road. The body’s modules must be able to be quickly replaced and arranged in a maximum of eight different configurations – (camper) bus, van, truck, flatbed loader or pickup. Depending on the body, there must be room for three people, including the driver and / or a maximum load of up to 1,000 kg.
In terms of performance, the XBus has an electric motor with a maximum power of 75 horsepower (56 kW) and a continuous power of 20 horsepower (15 kW). It’s not much, but given the very low weight, the XBus will still be able to move – albeit only up to a top speed of 100 km / h.
Long range is promised
All the more impressive is the range figure mentioned. According to Electric Brands, XBus should be able to travel “up to 600 km” on one charge with the help of ceiling-mounted solar panels. How that figure is measured is not clear, however, so it is not likely to have been tested with the EU’s WLTP driving cycle. However, the low top speed is said to contribute a lot to keeping the car’s consumption down.
The size of the battery pack or how fast it can be charged has not been shared by Electric Brands. However, the lithium-ion batteries in the package must be German-made and completely cobalt-free. Exactly which battery chemistry you use to be able to say this is not mentioned.
Unfortunate name choice
Previously, XBus was called “eBussy” but now Electric Brands has renamed it XBUS. The reason is probably that the word bussy is a sexual slang term in English (which you should avoid Google at work) which the company previously seems to have been completely unaware of. A miss of the same rank as the Honda Pussy.
Can be pre-booked
Production start for XBus is booked until mid-2022 in the city of Itzehoe in Schleswig-Holstein, not too far south of the border with Denmark. The car can already be pre-booked on Electric Brand’s site, where Stockholmsbaserade Callisma AB is already listed as a Swedish dealer.
And configuratorn we succeed in reducing the price to the equivalent of 202,450 Swedish kronor (including 25 percent VAT) for an XBus Pickup with a standard chassis. It is almost in class with “Europe’s cheapest electric car”, the Dacia Spring. The advance booking fee is then 1,895 euros or 19,270 kronor.
A perfect city car, I’ll book one!
Source: Senaste nytt från auto motor & sport by www.mestmotor.se.
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