What is billed as the world’s first
pure electric 4×4 has made its debut, before going on sale in the UK before any
Oxford-based Liberty Electric Cars
has completed extensive testing on its E-Range, which it claims will fill a
significant gap in the family-size and luxury vehicle market.
Range Rover turns 40 Liberty says
that the Electric E-Range has a top speed of 85mph and accelerates from 0-60mph
in about seven seconds, with a range of up to 200 miles.
Another world first is the
possibility of wireless charging. Instead of using conventional leads and
plugs, the car is parked over an induction plate and charges automatically.
The battery can be charged in one
to three hours from a fast charger or using the optional induction system. At
75kw, the LEC battery pack is the largest ever installed in an electric car
yet, due to the technology employed, weighs less than many lower capacity packs
according to Liberty.
Also ground-breaking are the
claimed lifespan for the battery of more than 13 years and 300,000 miles – way
in advance of anything offered in the EV (electric vehicle) industry thus far.
The Range Rover’s existing internal
combustion engine is replaced by Liberty’s patented high-density Lithium
Polymer batteries – two under the bonnet, with a further four under the car –
powering electric motors in each wheel, each re-supplying current to the
batteries via regenerative braking.
“We are incredibly proud to have
proven our critics wrong and demonstrated the performance ability of our
proprietary and patented, class-leading technology,” said Liberty Electric
Cars’ founder and CEO Barry Shrierg. “The Liberty Electric E-Range accelerates
from zero to 60 in about seven seconds, reaches a top speed of 85mph, and has a
distance capacity of 200 miles on one charge – this is the upper end of the
drive range that any current EV is able to achieve. In short, the vehicle
enables the consumer to enjoy the power, prestige and luxury of the iconic
Range Rover without the cost to the environment.”
Liberty says that production
versions of its electric Range Rover will go on sale at the end of this year
priced at £150,000. The company has also commenced development on other large,
luxury 4x4s, SUVs, and MPVs.