Frequently Asked Questions

Availability

When will the XBUS be available?


Production is scheduled to start in December 2021.




Will there be a larger version?


An XL XBUS variant is planned for early 2023.




When can I have test drive the XBUS?


Trident XBUS expects to receive its demonstrators in Autumn 2021.




When will the first prototype be completed?


The first fully-functional prototype has now been completed, and was launched at 6.07pm BST on 7th July 2021, via a live stream from the Electric Brands YouTube Channel. Visit our announcement for more information.





Power

What charging facilities will there be?


The XBUS can be charged via household electricity, at the quick charger, via a battery exchange at our battery exchange stations and of course via solar.




Is it possible to rent modules and battery modules?


The cabin modules and battery modules can be rented from XBUS dealers, including Trident XBUS. The battery modules can also be rented from battery exchange stations.




How long will it take to charge the XBUS?


Please see Specification under our Models page.




Is the solar roof optional or standard in the XBUS?


The solar roof is integrated as standard in every version/module and creates an additional range of up to 124 miles under the best weather conditions.




How heavy are the battery modules?


Each battery module will weigh about 8 kilograms.




How does the XBUS achieve its long range?


The XBUS operates at about a third of the energy consumption of a normal electric car, with a basic power of 15kW, and an average consumption, based on mainly inner-city use, of about 5kWh per 100km. This is achieved by its lightweight construction, with a weight of only 600kg, but is also assisted by the wheel hub motors and the integrated solar roof.




How does the XBUS generate 1,000Nm?


The XBUS uses integrated wheel hub motors, which are not connected to each other via an axle. This configuration means that there is neither gearbox nor differential to waste energy. Each individual motor has a peak power of nearly 280Nm, which combine to make a total peak power of over 1,000Nm.





Accessories

Will the XBUS have a trailer hitch?


A trailer hitch will be available as an option. How high the tensile load will be can only be determined after the prototyping is completed.




Will there be a bicycle carrier?


A bicycle carrier will be optionally available.





Buying your eBussy

What do the individual modules cost?


We expect the modules to cost between £800 and £11,000. Expected prices are shown against each module, see our XBUS Models page.




How much do the battery modules cost?


The standard specification includes 8 battery modules, each 1.25 kWh, which generate a range of 124 miles. If you want to extend this range, you can buy additional modules. This is possible with two or more modules, which generate a further 2.5 kWh and an additional 31 mile range. The cost for two modules is around £600. There is space for 24 modules in total. The battery modules may be purchased or rented at any time, and you are encouraged to buy only the optimum number of modules for your normal requirements, in order to maximise the sustainability of your eBussy.




What financing options will there be?


There will be the possibility of financing or leasing, but the exact details have not yet been published. We expect to learn more from June 2021.




Can I change my reservation?


Yes, the 'Early Bird' reservations are not binding, and your discount voucher is valid for the eBussy Standard or Offroad. You can choose your preferred cabin module when placing your order.




What deposit is required to reserve my XBUS?


On 7th July 2021 the configurator and ordering system were launched, with a required 10% deposit.




Can I cancel my reservation?


Yes, as the reservation had no financial commitment, you are free to cancel your reservation. If you reserved your XBUS through Trident XBUS, then please contact us to cancel your reservation. If you reserved via the Electric Brands website, then please contact them instead.




When can I place an actual order for my XBUS?


You are now able to place an order for your XBUS, the XBUS Configurator ordering system went live on 7th July 2021. You can configure your XBUS, choose your preferred payment method (Cash, Finance or Leasing) and place your order. When placing your order, a deposit of 10% of the list price is payable, after which you will immediately receive a provisional delivery date. Three months before the production of your XBUS, you will receive a link to your final configuration in the 'XBUS Configurator'. Here you will be able to change, add to or even cancel your order. If you choose to cancel, your deposit will be refunded in full.




How long will my Early Bird Reservation Voucher remain valid?


You have until 30 September 2021 to use your voucher and secure your £1,000 Early Bird saving.





Specification

How many seats does the XBUS have?


Depending on the module, the XBUS has two to four seats with safety belts; however a maximum of three passengers may be transported owing to the vehicle class.




What is the difference between the standard version and the off-road version?


Both standard and off-road versions have 4-wheel drive. The off-road version has a modified chassis with increased ground clearance of approximately 8-10cm. We believe that the off-road version will also have different tyres, for improved off-road capability.




Will there be a socket in the XBUS?


The XBUS will have a 230V socket.




What are the dimensions of the XBUS?


See Specifications, on our Models page.




What is the price difference between the standard and the off-road version?


The price difference between the standard and off-road version will be approximately £2,000.




How many people will the bench seat accommodate?


The bench seat legally offers space for just two people.




In which homologation class does the XBUS belong?


The XBUS is in homologation class L7e-B2.




Will the XBUS have heating and air conditioning?


The XBUS will have automatic heating and optional air conditioning. The vehicle will automatically preheat the interior and the batteries via solar power and when it is plugged into a socket or charging station above a certain temperature. This can be set via the smartphone app. The same applies to the air conditioning in summer, if this has been ordered.





Modules

Does the Camper module have a pop-up roof?


The Camper module will have a pop-up roof that reaches a height of 2.20m.




How big will the bed in the Camper Module be?


The bed will have a length of 210cm and a width of 130cm.




What equipment will the Camper Module have?


The Camper Module will have a sunbathing area, refrigerator, TV, hob, fresh water tank and a sink.




Can the cabin modules be changed?


Yes, you can adapt the XBUS to your needs at any time. The different modules of the XBUS can be exchanged and extended according to the "Lego principle". You don't need any special tools, or to work for NASA, you just need someone to help you remove the module and put another one on.




What ventilation with the Camper Module have?


The windows in the front and in the middle of the camper module can be opened. There will also be ventilation incorporated into the pop-up roof.





Sustainability

What materials are used in the XBUS?


Please see our Sustainability page for details.




What happens with the old discarded battery modules?


Discarded batteries are sold to electricity storage farms, where they are used for the intermediate storage of electricity from wind and solar energy. Finally they are recycled by specialised companies.




How are the XBUS batteries any more sustainable?


By making the battery modules so easy to add or replace, and making them so easy to buy and to rent, XBUS owners are encouraged to buy only the optimum number of modules for their normal requirements, in order to maximise the sustainability of your XBUS. When buying other Electric Vehicles (EVs), buyers feel under pressure to specify the largest capacity that they can possibly afford, in order to prepare for future journeys, both real and imagined. As the batteries are the least sustainable part of an EV, this greatly increases their environmental impact, and increases the mileage that an EV has to reach, before surpassing an Internal Combustion Engine (ICE) car. The XBUS is different, you can confidently order the right capacity for your actual needs, in the knowledge that you may buy or rent additional battery modules, as and when required.




In what ways is the XBUS sustainable?


See our Sustainability page.





Safety

What safety systems will the XBUS have?


The XBUS will be equipped with ABS and ESP, as well as having a crash box, including roll bar, similar to a racing car.




How are the batteries protected in the event of a rear impact?


The batteries are equipped with protected deformation zones and thus slide only slightly to the side or forward in the accommodated area.





These FAQs have been taken from the ElectricBrands website and adapted for our use. They are provided in good faith, but at this early stage all details are subject to change. Please see the original version on the eBussy website.