Munro Is Poised To Release the World’s Most Capable EV 4×4

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Founded in 2019 by Russell Peterson and Ross Anderson, Munro Vehicles is an electric 4×4 startup that’s slated to soon release what it’s touting as the “world’s most capable all-electric 4×4” with the Munro MK_1. After spending the last four years developing the go-anywhere EV, Munro is preparing to begin production, however, before it does, it’s giving the public an early glimpse at its forthcoming 4×4.

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Designed as a utilitarian workhorse with the go-anywhere capabilities of a high-performance pickup, Munro’s Mark 1 is powered by a state-of-the-art electric powertrain with a permanent-magnet axial flux motor that cranks out 280kW (376hp) and 516.3ft-lbs of instantly available torque. The motor draws from a battery with a useable capacity of 80.1kWh that translates to around 170 miles of mixed use driving or up to a whopping 16 hours of non-highway use. What’s more, the battery’s 100-kW DC Fast Charging capabilities enable it to receive a 15% to 80% charge in just 36 minutes while a complete recharge can be achieved in around three hours. 

The Munro Mark 1’s immense torque also affords it a 2,200-pound payload and an even more impressive towing limit of over 7,700lbs. Engineered to be used for at least half a century, the Mark 1 also sports a best-in-class mechanical 4×4 driveline with coil over suspension, radius arms, a two-speed transfer box, a lockable differential, and rigid axles. What’s more, the MK_1 also provides enough space to accommodate a crew of five, plus a host of gear. And, while designed and built in Britain, the Munro will also represent the only production car built in Scotland in more than four decades. 

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Munro Vehicles plans to build 50 Mark 1 examples in 2023 before moving the operation to a new purpose-built site on the outskirts of Glasgow in 2024, at which time production will increase to 250 units annually, before eventually ramping up to 2,500 units a year by 2027. Pricing for the Munro MK_1 will start at £49,995 (~ $60,900).