Scotland’s Munro Automobiles formally exited stealth mode final December to indicate its MK_1 battery-electric 4×4 SUV. The massive black field on wheels was designed to endure the brutality of transport work in industries like agriculture, building, protection, mining, and utilities, Munro promising a 50-year service life for the straightforward mechanical drivetrain assuming care and upkeep, and a five-year/100,000-mile guarantee. The startup has accomplished the second step in its journey to being a truck maker, displaying off the MK_1 4×4 pickup in a comely shade of yellow. The one distinction between the SUV and the pickup is a small mattress bolted to the latter. We’re advised it could actually maintain a European-sized pallet, we assume meaning the identical EUR 1 pallets that the electrical Ford Transit Courier lately made a present of accommodating, measuring 31.5 inches by 47.24 inches. Mattress payload maxes out at 1,050 kilograms (2,315 kilos).
In any other case, we’re coping with the SUV in terms of specs. There are Utility, Vary, and Efficiency trims. Utility comes with a 61.2-kWh battery (56.3 kWh usable) powering a single motor with 295 horsepower and 443 pound-feet of torque, managing from 112 to 141 miles on a full cost. The Vary and Efficiency trims get an 82.4-kWh battery (75.2 kWh usable) that tops out at 190 miles of journey. The Vary trim sticks with the much less highly effective motor, whereas the Efficiency ups output to 375 hp and 516 lb-ft. and ups the braked tow ranking to three,500 kg (7,716 kilos). The smaller battery can recharge at a 70-kW fee, the bigger pack can handle 90 kW. Each can go from 15% to 80% state-of-charge in 36 minutes when hooked to the suitable filling stations. In view of the contained, out-and-back transport wants of the focused industries, these ranges and cost instances ought to suffice.
The drivetrain — which stands 18.9 inches off the bottom — comes normal with a two-speed switch case and middle locking differential. Locking entrance and rear diffs are non-compulsory.
The inside from the instrument panel to the rear bulkhead serves up the identical sober cabin because the SUV. Meaning seating for 5 on sustainable materials, a small infotainment show appropriate with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, local weather management, a multi-function steering wheel forward of a small digital cluster, and loads of ports for charging units. The mattress additionally holds two shops the place 240-volt home equipment might be plugged in.
Co-founder Russell Petersen stated Munro already has 200 orders for automobiles, together with the pickup. The corporate’s nonetheless attending to its ft, so the plan for this yr is to supply 50 pre-production prototypes at Munro’s facility in Scotland. Manufacturing deliveries are slated to begin in early 2024, plotting a ramp-up to 2,500 items yearly by 2027. Apart from the same old industrial hindrances difficult that timeline, Munro and Bollinger are nonetheless engaged in a court docket motion over the MK_1’s design. Bollinger filed a lawsuit in February alleging designer Ross Compton, who penned the Bollinger B1 and the MK_1, was a bit of too liberal with Bollinger’s mental property.
If deliveries do start in 2024 as deliberate, the pickup is available in £10,000 kilos lower than the SUV, costing £49,995 ($62,200 U.S.) earlier than Europe’s worth added tax (VAT).