It sounds like something out of a movie: an electric car that can become multiple types of vehicles. But that’s precisely what German company ElectricBrands just released with their eBussy concept. It’s a car that can transform into 10 different designs.
The base model is a flatbed truck that can be outfitted for either road or off-road driving. From there, you can choose to add on pieces to adapt to the design. Customers can build it out to a bus, a universal transporter, a “suitcase” van, a single-cab pickup, a camper, an open-cabrio pickup, or a “Kombi” pickup.
The interior of the car features several movable parts to help with the design. The seats fold flat to make a multifunctional space. Even the driving position can move from left to center to right since everything is modular. The steering column actually slides either direction.
Though it only has a whopping 20 horsepower, it comes with four-wheel steering and can carry quite a heavy load. Plus, given its small size (just under 12 feet long), you can easily maneuver the vehicle in an urban setting.
No matter your choice, the eBussy comes with a tiny 10 kWh battery pack that can last 124 miles. But you can upgrade to a 30kWh that extends the driving capabilities to a 373-mile range. Solar panels are fixed to the roof of all vehicle types, and the brand is hoping to create a network of charging stations to help take the car further. It can be fully charged in three to six hours.
Despite the innovative design, the eBussy is actually relatively inexpensive. It starts at around $18,000 and goes up to about $33,000 for the top end camper option, which comes with a refrigerator, TV, sink, freshwater tanks, and sleeping area.