ElectricBrands AG has announced that after three years of development a fully functional prototype of the XBUS is now entering its next phase.
The first series model of the new modular universal vehicle will be rolling off the production line in Itzehoe in mid-2022.
The presentation of the series ready XBUS prototype marks the beginning of a revolution in the future class of lightweight vehicles, according to Ralf Haller, founder of ElectricBrands AG.
“The time is ripe for the XBUS,” he said. “We need smart, versatile, and sustainable concepts that preserve individual mobility and personal lifestyle for all of us – without exhaust emissions, but with comfort, acceptable range and suitable speed. Which is exactly where we're going with the XBUS.”
The modular universal vehicle meets all the criteria of the L7e-B2 light vehicle class. It has an electric drive and a net weight under 600 kg. It can transport for up to 3 people with a continuous power of 15 kW. The peak power is 56 kW and the top speed of 100 km/h. The XBUS also has an impressive range of up to 600 km, and even more with solar panels on the roof.
Two chassis options are available: the XBUS City and the XBUS Off-road with more ground clearance. Both options are available as a basic Freedom version or with eight different modules. The modules can be exchanged in a very short period of time by the driver. The eight different options are created by cleverly combining the available modules.
ElectricBrands will begin manufacturing the XBUS from mid-2022, initially creating up to 1,000 jobs locally as well as in the upstream supply chain and sales. Most of the suppliers – especially for key components – will come from Germany or nearby European countries. The starting price for the basic version of the XBUS will lie well under 20,000 euros.