The cute little Xbus looks like the Honda e’s cousin, but it’s much more versatile

Damn, that torque figure
by Stephen Dobie | Jul 13, 2021
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All together now...aww. Isn’t this adorable? It’s called the Xbus and it’s “the most innovative and modular light vehicle in the world,” according to its German manufacturer.

It might just be the most versatile vehicle we’ve ever seen, too. ‘Vehicle’ because with its dinky 10kWh battery and 75hp output, it can qualify as a quadricycle rather than a car in some countries, we’re told.

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Which seems bizarre when you consider just how serious you can make it. A modular setup allows you to build whatever you like onto the back. Xbus offers everything from flat-bed pickups through to passenger-carrying buses, big boxy vans, or even the cutest campervan you ever did see. You can beef them all up with an off-road option pack, too.

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Solar panels allow it to accrue up to 200km of range, we’re told, while upgrading the battery to a 30kWh unit can bring up to 800km of range. We suspect if you load your Xbus up—as you surely will, given you’re buying something ostensibly practical—that figure will drop. Charging time is quoted as three hours.

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There’s permanent, electrically controlled all-wheel drive, and while the power output is diminutive, there’s 998Nm of torque under there, which is more than most supercars. Given the top speed is sheepishly described as over 100kph, we suspect it’s all very electrically controlled.

It’s likely a necessary amount of shove to carry what’s up top, too. “Its unladen weight without batteries, load, and superstructure is only 450-600kg,” we’re told, “but it can still carry up to 1000kg of load.”

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A game little thing, then. And with a decent price, too. It starst at around £17,000 (P1.19 million), rising to a smidge over £30,000 (P2.1 million) if you want an off-road-ready camper like the one below, complete with “fridge, TV, hob, fresh water, tank and sink” and a two-meter-long sofa.

Cool, huh?

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NOTE: This article first appeared on TopGear.com. Minor edits have been made.

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