It’s still a prototype, but the Xbus Camper should be available to customers from 2024. The manufacturer Electric Brands announces this today. Xbus is a modular model family with two drive and battery configurations and nine body variants, available as a pickup, transporter, bus or camper. This diversity allows, among other things, simplified homologation regulations due to the classification as a light electric vehicle. The look is inspired by the Russian off-road bus UAZ-452 “Buhanka”, the dimensions are more like those of the Mitsubishi L300 4WD in short version.
The camper makes the most of the 3.95 meter length, which is not that difficult because the Xbus is a cab-over. This means that the driver and front passenger sit above the front axle. The current crash standards for passenger cars would be difficult to meet with such an arrangement, so the VW T3 or the Mitsubishi L300 were the last real forward control vehicles of comparable format. Since the VW T4, the front row of seats has been positioned behind the axle – bad for the use of space, good for safety.
In the Xbus there is space in two directions: Vertically through a pop-up roof with tent bellows (as has been the case for decades), horizontally through a pull-out (almost only people with USA experience know) to the rear. It allows for a 130 by 210 centimeter bed surface, the pop-up roof allows headroom between the bed and the front seats.
Electric Brands arranged a sliding kitchen block there. If necessary, it can also be used outside the vehicle, which any practitioner would immediately recommend. But sometimes it storms or rains. Depending on the customer’s requirements, a television, refrigerator, fresh water tank and sink can also be installed.
Amazing 600 km range
Like all Xbusses, the manufacturer offers the camper in the standard and off-road chassis variants (with more ground clearance). On request, the camping version can also have four wheel hub motors with a maximum combined output of 56 kW, which should allow a top speed of 100 km/h. A VW T3 all-wheel drive or the Mitsubishi L300 4WD don’t drive faster either. The capacity of each battery increases by 15 to up to 45 kWh. The manufacturer specifies a range of between 200 and an amazing 600 kilometers over land depending on the battery configuration. A fast charger with eleven kilowatts is available.
The entire roof area of the Xbus Camper carries a five square meter photovoltaic system. According to Electric Brands, under optimal conditions, the Xbus should achieve an additional range of around 30 to 50 kilometers per day on average over the year. In addition, the solar power can be used via a 220-volt socket.
Fully equipped, the Xbus Camper with a pop-up roof will cost 30,170 euros.