Scotland’s rugged all-terrain electric vehicle comes to America

In 2019, a group of engineers in Glasgow, Scotland saw a hole in the off-road market. There are plenty of hybrids to choose from, and the Hummer EV, but there’s no thoroughbred all-electric SUV. Munro, an electric vehicle start-up just getting off the ground, is developing the Munro Mark 1, a purpose-built and future-proofed off-road 4×4 that will head to the United States when full production begins.

The idea was to make an all-electric utility vehicle that could help farmers, miners, foresters, or even rescue teams without relying on heavy, polluting diesel fuels. Also available to the general public, the Mark 1 would be a perfect vehicle to take to Moab and scare all the Jeep people. The Mark 1 has a payload of 2,205 pounds and a towing capacity of 7,716 pounds, all coming from a 280 kW motor that makes 376 horsepower.

To drive home the “purpose-built” point, the Mark 1 gets full-time four-wheel drive, linked to a rugged two-speed transfer case. Ground clearance is a staggering 17.7 inches and an impressive 39.4-inch wading depth makes unexpected obstacles a thing of the past. Range, which is 168 miles, isn’t all that impressive for all-electric vehicles, but when you consider a combined curb weight and powertrain of 2.7 tons, it’s not something to scoff at. However, it’s worth noting that while 2.7 tons seems heavy, it’s noticeably lighter than the Hummer EV’s 9,063 pounds and the Rivian R1S’s 7,650 pounds.

Munro Mark 1 off-road electric vehicle

In addition, Munro wanted the Mark 1 to not only be repairable for the average Joe, but also designed it to be easily repaired and/or upgraded, which is a far cry from most EV companies who actively discourage the home maintenance. Tesla, for example, won’t even sell parts to the public, making the Munro Mark 1 a reliable workhorse that can take on anything.

“We decided early on that we weren’t looking to reinvent the wheel. We’ve used simple, readily available components to minimize the cost of production and provide owners with an affordable means of maintaining and repairing their own vehicles,” said Munro co-founder Ross Anderson.

Currently in the prototype phase, the Mark 1 is already being reserved as a works vehicle in the United States. The brand has targeted industries in the United States, including farmers in Florida, gold miners in Nevada and oil rig workers in Texas. To participate in EV tax credits designed to encourage domestic production of EVs, Munro will design the Mark 1 in the UK and then assemble it in the US, leaving only the battery components to be discovered.

Since the development was announced, the Scots behind it all have received around €750,000 in backing, helping to propel the Munro Mark 1 into production, scheduled to start in early 2023. Although, in 2023, only 50 are said to be produced. By 2024 it will increase to 500, 2,500 by 2025, and then by 2030, Munro plans to have 5,000 per year.

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