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Munro MK1: Robust and rustic electric 4×4 built to last 50 years

Munro Vehicles is a Scottish company that wanted to create its own icon off-road, just as England has the Defender square format.

The electric Munro MK1 is the pinnacle of this work and looks more like a military vehicle than a civilian one.

To move this vehicle are two different engines, one of 295 hp, with a 61 kWh battery and another of 375 hp with a greater power source of 81 kWh.

The model aims for a range of 305 km and, with a direct charge of 100 kW, the battery recovers its full charge in about an hour.

The curious thing is that despite being 4×4, this vehicle uses only one engine located in the center of the chassis, which progressively sends its power to the four wheels.

It is worth noting that the name Munro is given in Scotland to mountains that exceed 1,000 meters in height.

More details of Munro MK1

Mechanically it is a very simple vehicle, with a ladder structure, differential lock and low gear transfer case.

Perhaps the most interesting is the distribution of its batteries, divided into three cells located between the chassis rails and on the sides.

The electric Munro MK1 is a work car, but that doesn't stop it from being used for adventures off-road or even in the city.

Despite being as aerodynamic as a concrete wall, this car would go from 0 to 100 km/h in 5 seconds, although its speed is limited to 130 km/h for obvious safety reasons.

Entering the cabin is the same simplistic landscape as outside. There is a steering wheel, a lever to start the car, an instrument panel, air vents and buttons.

The finishes are rustic although they offer space for four or five adults.

Frankly, a working car doesn't need much more.

The armored bodywork was designed to be easily replaced and the cargo area to accommodate cargo pallets.

The Munro MK1 will begin production in 2023, initially in just 50 units. When a new factory near Glasgow is set up from 2024, annual production will increase to 250 cars, with a target of 2,500 in 2027.

Its price reaches 50,000 pounds sterling, taxes not included.

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