This article is based on an article from the Japanese edition of Engadget and was created using the translation tool Deepl.
The I.D. Buzz, an EV touted as the "Volkswagen Bus of the future," is scheduled to go into production in 2022, but while Volkswagen is taking it easy, an unexpected rival is about to appear. German EV venture Electric Brands is currently working on a compact EV inspired by the original VW Bus called the eBussy.
eBussy is vaguely resembles the Japanese minicar, cute and urban design. And its body style has come to be able to choose from 10 ways from box vans to light truck / dump truck, camper style by modular construction. The chassis can also be selected for off-road use with high ride height according to the purpose.
What's even more impressive is the flexibility of the driver's seat layout. A steer/drive-by-wire system for the steering wheel and pedals allows the driver's seat to be positioned freely to the left, right or centre of the dashboard. Of course, this has to be chosen to suit the traffic laws of each country before purchase, but it should greatly reduce the amount of work involved in the manufacturing process.
The eBussy EV can travel up to 200 km (124 miles) on the on-board 10 kWh battery. There are built-in solar panels on the roof to replenish power to the battery along with regenerative braking. There is also a 20 horsepower motor at each wheel hub, which is surprisingly unpowerful, but it produces 1000Nm (737 lbf-ft) of torque. This is a figure comparable to the Tesla Model S.
The battery is also available as an option with a 30 kWh battery, and the range can be tripled to 600 km (373 miles), reflecting the battery capacity. The high-capacity battery is going to be a must-have choice if you're going out camping or other far-flung trips.
Prices for the eBussy start at €15,800 for the base model. Even the most expensive off-road camper version is quite reasonable, at €28,800. It is scheduled to go on sale in 2021.
Incidentally, Electric Brands is also planning to build a network of charging stations where eBussy owners can exchange drained batteries for charged ones. The actual car has not even been made public yet, and we're not sure if it's really feasible or not, considering the scale of the company, but if all of this information, including the price, becomes a reality, this cute little EV could be a big seller.