EV start-up Munro Vehicles is gearing up to launch its all-terrain 4×4, which it will supply to US industrial operations – including gold mines in Nevada – from 2023. The 371 hp 4×4 is one of a select few commercial EVs currently on the market and includes useful features such as permanent four-wheel drive with locking differentials.
Payload and towing capacities are competitive with the Toyota Land Cruiser Commercial and Land Rover Defender Hard Top. This means the EV could offer buyers a zero-emission alternative to the usual diesel suspects – so long as buyers can live with the 168-mile range and a price of around £75,000.
The model is based on a galvanized steel ladder-frame chassis with an aluminium body. Using OEM parts for brakes and suspension allows for easier maintenance and cheaper repairs. Visually, it retains the boxy shape of the initial concept, with flat body panels, minimum front and rear overhangs, exposed wheels shod in all-terrain tires, plus a hefty ground clearance. Munro is also offering customization options in terms of paint, tires, suspension, and interior trim, while the model is also “adaptable for special applications” and “upgradeable”.
The new vehicle is currently available for UK pre-orders but will be offered in the US from 2023 as part of a tie-up with EV sales, leasing and distribution specialist Wyre. The firm will target various industries including Canadian forestry businesses, Floridian farms, Texan oil fields and gold mines in Nevada.
Munro CEO Russ Peterson said: “North America is a key growth market for Munro and we’re pleased to be able to partner with Wyre to realise our ambitions ahead of our original timeline. The firm also has plans to produce knock-down vehicle kits (to be assembled in the US) should demand exceed the capacity of its factory.