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Published on August 13th, 2017 | by The Beam


XYT — Simplifying EVs

August 13th, 2017 by  

The global race to cater to the growing electric car market is intensifying every day. All of the major car manufacturers are now pushing in this direction, and Tesla is constantly making headlines for its relentless advancement and ambitions to popularise electric vehicles. And amongst all of this largesse, there are smaller, more niche manufacturers breaking through and trying to find their own space in the industry.

We recently reported on the new Sion prototype, the first car to make use of external solar panels to give the vehicle extra charging capability for increased range, and now we’re introducing the unique electric vehicles from French manufacturer XYT.

It’s first car is made of just 580 pieces.

Le Garage Libre XYT 2016 #1 from XYT on Vimeo.

Aside from simplicity, what separates these cars from other cars is their modular and customisable design. Instead of the one-size-fits-all type of offering delivered by other manufacturers, the XYT gives the option of customizing and changing the vehicle based on your needs and desires. The cars are assembled locally by teams of professionals. Noting that the car has just 580 pieces may not say much to you, but this is compared to the usual 6,000 to 10,000 pieces that are used in a classic car design — that can give you an idea of how much of a difference this is.

If you’re thinking that this stripped back approach might compromise on safety, fear not, the vehicles have already passed all crash tests and are more than roadworthy.

The vision of XYT is to create vehicles that can be modernized over time to extend their lifespan. This kind of customisable, modular approach is already present in other technologies, so it will be intriguing to see how this plays out in the electric vehicle market over the long term. We have reached out to XYT to find out more information on the price, range, and availability of the vehicles, and we’ll update the article with more information as and when we have it. For further information on XYT, visit its website.


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