When you consider the amount of tech and innovation put in to the Xbus, it is a surprisingly light weight and small vehicle. It's size, weight and class categorises it as a L7e-B2 vehicle. You can review the size and weight below. These numbers are the expected values, and are subject to change in the final production model.
The size of the standard Xbus, without any modules installed is expected to be:
Height: 1,940mm Width: 1,600mm Length: 3,640mm
The Xbus is expected to have an empty weight of 500kg. This weight does not take into consideration additional modules and batteries.
The Xbus is built from materials such as natural fibres, composites, aluminium, steel, wood and recyclable plastics. The vehicle is therefore 98%-99% recyclable. These materials contribute to it's light weight.
L7e-B2 is a European standard which is qualified for the UK. Nothing else will be required to use one on the UK roads. For a full breakdown of what makes a vehicle an L7e-B2 vehicle, have a look at the table below. You can find out more information about vehicle classes here.
|Common classification criteria
|Heavy on road quad
|• Four wheels and powered by a propulsion as listed under Article 4(3) and
Mass in running order:
• ≤ 450 kg for transport of passengers;
• L7e vehicle that cannot be classified as a L6e vehicle
|Sub Category Name
|Supplemental sub-classification criteria
|Heavy all terrain quad
|• L7e vehicle not complying with the specific classification criteria for a L7e-C vehicle
• ground clearance ≥180 mm
|Sub-sub category name
• Maximum three non-straddle seats of which two positioned side-by-side, including the seating position for the driver
• Maximum continuous rated or net power (1) ≤ 15 kW
• Wheelbase to ground clearance ratio ≤ 8.
The light vehicle class are motorised vehicles that are lighter than standard automobiles as we know them.
As with any vehicle they provide multiple advantages and disadvantages. The advantages compared to standard vehicles are that they are of course lighter and smaller, which for an electric vehicle is always a good thing, more on that in a moment, they also use less material in production and produce less c02 and consume less energy throughout their life cycle.
For more information on what an L7e-B2 is and what the criteria's are that come with it, be sure to give our video a watch below.