The MK_1 pure electric off-roader is now taking deposits

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 In 2019, Russell Peterson and Ross Anderson founded Munro Vehicles in Scotland after getting the idea for an electric 4x4 while driving in the Scottish Highlands. A prototype of the MK_1 battery-electric off-roader was shown by the aspiring automaker in August 2022. A black pre-production model and production specs have been revealed by Munro after two years of testing. In addition to looking simple, the MK_1 is simple.

It is designed for commercial applications like agriculture and mining. In Russell's opinion, there was a void in the market for an electric-powered, four-wheel-drive, utilitarian workhorse. In mind, we wanted to create an all-terrain vehicle that could go anywhere, unrestricted by road-derived underpinnings that limit all-terrain capabilities of vehicles like 4x4 pick-up trucks."

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There may be a familiarity with the mission and the T-square aluminum bodywork over the ladder chassis. In addition to being an exterior designer for Munro, Ross Compton was also an exterior designer for Bollinger Motors and Atlis.

Each electric motor will be powered by one of three LNMC (lithium nickel manganese cobalt oxide) batteries. With a 61.2-kWh battery, the Utility trim offers 295 horsepower and 443 pound-feet of peak torque. Its estimated range is 113 miles in adverse conditions, 141 miles in ideal conditions. In a Range trim, that motor is paired with an 82.4-kWh battery that extends range to 152 to 190 miles.

 With the Performance trim, you get the big battery and the range, paired with a 375-hp motor that makes 516 lb-ft of torque. Performance does the 0-60 run in 4.9 seconds, 2.7 seconds faster In addition to Utility and Range, all trims are limited to 80 mph. 

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The battery is divided into three pieces: one between the rails, two smaller packs outside the rails. In 36 minutes, a small battery can be charged at 70 kW, while a large battery can be charged at 94 kW, recharging 15% to 80%.

In order to avoid the complexity of a computer managing e-motor output on two axles, the e-motor powers a two-speed transfer case that routes power to the live front and rear axles. 

There will be a center locking differential as standard equipment, and locking differentials at both axles will be optional. With nearly 19 inches of ground clearance and brief overhangs, the 84-degree approach angle, 51-degree departure angle, 31.6-degree breakover angle, and 31.5-inch wading capability enable cliff-climbing.

There is a sense of simplicity everywhere. All glass is flat, so repairs are easy. 

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Instrument panel consists of a small screen and a few toggle switches. Production lights look like prototypes normally used to conceal production lights. The square load bay has a plywood floor and is large enough to accommodate a European pallet measuring 47 inches by 32 inches. 

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Interiors can be hosed out. The axial flux motor and power electronics are placed where the engine normally goes, but there are two more storage compartments over the front wheel arches. Munro targets a 50-year service life for the MK_1, meaning the shell would last much longer than an EV powertrain.

The MK_1 is rated for a 2,204-pound payload and 7,716 pounds of towing. Owners who plan on towing a lot can option air springs for improved stability.

Starting with the five-door, five-seat SUV on a 130-inch wheelbase, 50 units will be hand-assembled next year. In the UK, prices will start at £49,995 before VAT, a little over $61,350 U.S. Some of the initial batch will cross the water for testing in the U.S. and Canada. 

In 2024, Munro plans to move into a dedicated factory in Glasgow and build 250 units a year, with an eventual goal of 2,500 units per year across three body styles, the second one being a pickup. Deposits are being accepted, and prospective buyers have placed orders as far away as Dubai.

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