Xbus Camper, the compact electric caravan that unfolds to offer more space

Caravans are for the summer. No other vehicle offers such freedom, that of being able to stop anywhere without having to worry about where to sleep or eat. In recent years it has become evident trailer tongue and the ingenious inventions to camp carsbut there are still those who turn to the classics to offer new, more sustainable and original mobility solutions.

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The Wolksvagen Camper T1 van, very popular in the 60s of the last century, is probably one of the most emblematic of those made by the German brand. Its look and versatility continue to inspire today’s designers and makers. The German company ElectricBrands had the Camper T1 as a reference to design its Xbus Camper, a prototype that combines revolutionary aesthetics with elements such as solar panels, stretched roof and removable rear module to mount a double bed.

All part of Xbus, the versatile platform for light electric vehicles (LEV) that ElectricBrands introduced last year and can accommodate a variety of body styles, from a truck to a van to a pickup truck. Its latest version is this compact caravan, which does not reach 4 meters in length, but hides inside all kinds of possibilities for the driver and his companions.

removable module

Compact caravans usually solve the space problem by extending trundle beds above the front seats. Instead, Xbus Camper makers opted for a removable rear extension module, in which they accommodate the double trundle bed.

Caravan not only grows lengthwise, but also heightwise and widthwise. The manually tilting roof adds height above the galley, which includes a single burner gas hob concealed under the sliding worktop. By having a greater height, smoke and odors from the kitchen have a direct exit and are not concentrated inside.

The Xbus motorhome

The Xbus motorhome

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The ace side extensions open like wings also in the galley area, an idea that adds counter space, while inside a TV is located behind the front seats which can be enjoyed by those in the back.

All Terrain

Powered by electric all-wheel drive, it includes a 10 kWh battery pack as standard with very little autonomy, barely 140 km on the motorway (200 km in town). However, buyers have the option of triple the size of the battery, to obtain up to 420 km of autonomy (600 km in town). To help bump those numbers up a bit, provided the weather is good, the prototype has solar panels on the roof, which are also used to power all sorts of electronics.

The roof with solar panels of the Xbus Camper

The roof with solar panels of the Xbus Camper

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To be able to face all kinds of routes, the Xbus Camper can be purchased with the ElectricBrands off-road chassis, with a ground clearance of more than 4 cm, as well as off-road tires and flared fenders.

The idea of ​​the German company is that owners of an Xbus can change body according to your needs and convert a van into a caravan or van without much expense. At the moment, the starting price seems quite affordable: around 30,000 euros for the Camper version with a standard road chassis and 32,370 euros for the off-road model, which will start to be distributed in 2023.

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