Friday, February 18, 2022

Another New Manufacturer Aims at the All Electric Light Vehicle Market

Testing Under Way Despite Delays
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GERMANY – Headquartered in Itzehoe in the country's northernmost state of Schleswig-Holstein, ElectricBrands AG has been designing and refining its brand of electric vehicles since 2020.

Having unveiled its XBUS vehicle in summer 2021, the two versions of the L7e-class light vehicle are currently undergoing testing, with its next prototype, the Camper, under construction and more in the pipeline. The company says it has been plagued, like many others, with delays due to the virus and supply chain issues.

Despite the problems it will however it says, launch its pre-pandemic developed modular vehicle XBUS for prospective purchasers this year. CEO Martin Henne explained how the company is dealing with the challenges, saying:

"Three years ago, we set out to change mobility for the long term. We will not give up on that, even in the pandemic. We are using the time to make further improvements in the development and production of the XBUS. Because the fact remains that CO2 reduction in the mobility of the future remains one of the top priority goals."

To ensure that it doesn't just pay lip service, Henne says ElectricBrands pays close attention to reducing its carbon footprint as much as possible, aiming to produce vehicles that are energy-efficient, economical, and thus require little battery capacity.

Among other things, ElectricBrands intends to use the delays it has seen for significantly more tests than prescribed in the L7e class. The manufacturer will also conduct crash tests and will publish the results afterwards. ElectricBrands will install active and passive safety systems in the XBUS, such as a crash box, roll bar and ESC (Electronic Stability Control) system. Martin Henne concludes:

"Especially against the backdrop of the worldwide supplier issue, it is even more important for us to focus on extremely high quality. We take advantage of this opportunity."

Photo: One model version of the XBUS.