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Car of the future from German firm reassembles like Lego

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German engineers are working on the electric vehicle of the future that allows buyers to change the design when they get home, just like Lego bricks.

EBussy EV, from the German company Electric Brands, comes in 10 different body types, from a convertible, station wagon, pick-up or van, camp bus or even an off-road to rough terrain.

EBussy has external digital mirrors, an application-controlled communication system and a sliding steering wheel that allows the driver to control the vehicle from the left or right front seat – perfect for cross-country trips.

Four-wheel drive reaches maximum range with a total battery charge of more than 300 miles (600 km) and easily accessible batteries are removed from the side of the car like a drawer.

Although only conceptual designs for now, eBussy is expected to launch in the UK next year with a starting price of around £ 14,000.

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EBussy was developed according to the ‘Lego principle’, which means that consumers can choose to rebuild to obtain a new design.

‘EBussy was developed according to the “Lego principle”,’ Electric Brands – which previously designed scooters – says in your site.

‘Detached from the chosen chassis variant, you can adapt your eBussy to your usage needs easily, quickly and as often as you like.

‘You don’t need any special tools, you don’t need to have worked at NASA, you just need help a few times to remove one module and put another one back on.’

EBussy offers two chassis styles – one for driving on the road and the other suitable for rough terrain – which feature 10 different styles to be built on top for the consumer to choose from.

Both chassis options have a row of rear seats that can be folded, depending on which of the 10 designs the customer wants.

Firstly, the ‘Bus’ option features a rear cabin and trunk module according to a standard minibus, ideal for road trips for several people.

Bus option, which appears as a minibus.  The bus option features a rear cabin and trunk module according to a standard minibus, ideal for road trips for multiple people

Bus option, which appears as a minibus. The bus option features a rear cabin and trunk module according to a standard minibus, ideal for road trips for multiple people

The Box option, which could suit a new era of white van delivery when it launches in the UK next year - for at least £ 14,000

The Box option, which could suit a new era of white van delivery when it launches in the UK next year – for at least £ 14,000

The bus option would be ideal for tourists or, in a professional environment, a transport vehicle to the airport.

Meanwhile, the ‘Box’ would serve for small deliveries with its large storage unit at the rear, accessible through a set of high doors at the rear.

The ‘Pick-up’ has an open rear cabin for equipment, suitcases or for the family pets to get some fresh air, and comes with the option of adding internal rear seats for passengers.

While ‘Camper’ resembles a traditional VW caravan, complete with an interior sofa, refrigerator, TV, stove, freshwater tank and sink for those retro 70s vacation trips.

Both chassis options - on-road and off-road - have a row of rear seats that can be folded, depending on the design the customer wants

Both chassis options – on-road and off-road – have a row of rear seats that can be folded, depending on the design the customer wants

Car of the future from German firm reassembles like Lego

‘Camper’ resembles a traditional VW caravan, with an interior sofa, refrigerator, TV, stove, fresh water tank and sink.

Each of these configurations has a fixed price – however, even after purchasing any of the modular designs, consumers are not permanently stuck and can change them themselves.

The exact details of this must be confirmed, which means that Electric Brands may be selling some components for any of the 10 design options separately.

The sliding steering wheel allows drivers to control the vehicle from the left or right front seat - perfect for cross-country travel

The sliding steering wheel allows drivers to control the vehicle from the left or right front seat – perfect for cross-country travel

The eBussy’s empty weight without batteries, cargo and superstructure is up to 1,300 pounds, but can still carry up to 2,200 pounds of cargo.

EBussy is also equipped with solar panels integrated into the roof to reach an additional daily range of up to 250 kilometers, to increase the range provided by battery power.

“It doesn’t matter whether you want to recharge your eBussy at home, at high voltage or just in the sun, anything is possible,” say the designers.

“Alternatively, you can exchange your empty batteries for full batteries at our battery exchange stations.”

In addition to running on an environmentally friendly battery, not engine fuel, about 98% of the vehicle is ‘almost completely recyclable’.

Consumers will begin to see eBussy battery exchange stations in many places when the vehicle is launched, which is scheduled to be in 2021 in the UK, as well as in other markets.

“Our objective is clearly defined – the eBussy will be the best and most innovative electric electric vehicle in the world,” says the company.

‘No other vehicle combines technology, usability, design and fun like an eBussy.’

EBussy EV, from the German company Electric Brands, comes in 10 different body types, from a convertible, station wagon, pick-up or van, camp bus or even an off-road to rough terrain

EBussy EV, from the German company Electric Brands, comes in 10 different body types, from a convertible, station wagon, pick-up or van, camp bus or even an off-road to rough terrain

Four-wheel drive reaches maximum range with a total battery charge of more than 600 km (300 miles) and easily accessible batteries are removed from the side of the car as a drawer

Four-wheel drive reaches maximum range with a total battery charge of more than 600 km (300 miles) and easily accessible batteries are removed from the side of the car as a drawer

HOW TO CHARGE ELECTRIC CARS SAFELY

Never use a multi-outlet household extension cord when charging your mobility device. If you need to use an extension cord, use only one that is suitable for outdoor use, such as a coil cord.

Never extensions in extension. The method of connecting more than one extension wire to another, in order to reach a greater distance, increases the risk of electric fire and electric shock.

Always purchase your charging cable from a reputable dealer or directly from the manufacturer, who will subject these products to rigorous testing to ensure that they meet UK safety standards.

Check the charging cable for frequent wear and replace it if there is any obvious damage.

If you are charging from a 13A outlet in your home, check that the wiring on your property has been checked before doing so. Old wiring may not be able to handle the demand to load your vehicle overnight and risk a fire on your property.

The safest and most convenient way to charge your vehicle at home is through a dedicated wall box charging point. Make sure it is installed only by a qualified, registered and competent electrician. Use our ‘find an electrician’ page to find one near you.

Take advantage of ongoing government schemes aimed at relieving consumers of some of the costs associated with installing a residential collection point.

Source: Electrical safety first

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