Munro MK 1, Scotland’s bid for an all-electric 4×4

The Munro MK 1 is so unique, it’s hand-built.

Scottish startup Munro Vehicles, has officially announced its all-electric off-road vehicle, called the Munro MK 1. The company, founded in 2019, specialises in off-road vehicles. The Munro MK 1 is the first vehicle to be mass-produced in Scotland since 1981.

It is a vehicle that has been designed for 50 years of service, according to the brand itself. Its retro styling with straight lines is reminiscent of Bollinger’s B1 and B2 vehicles. The Munro MK 1 offers two engine options: 220 kW and 280 kW. A highlight of the vehicle is the integration of axial-flow motors, which Munro Vehicles co-founder and powertrain manager Ross Anderson says improves weight distribution.

It also offers two other battery size options: 61 kWh or 82 kWh. If the higher-capacity battery is chosen, the company claims the vehicle is capable of providing up to 305 km of range. Using fast charging, the battery can be charged in 30 minutes. Anderson, adds:

“The battery is designed to last for the life of the car, so in most cases, customers will never have to worry about replacing it.

But because the Munro is designed to last several decades, we will recondition or replace the battery when the time comes. This has the added benefit of ensuring the future value of our customers’ vehicles.

We will partner with specialist reuse and recycling companies to recover the residual value of the battery pack, allowing us to install the latest battery technology at a reasonable cost.”

Top speed is set at 130 km/h and it offers 0-100 km/h acceleration in 4.9 seconds with the larger engine variant. It has a payload capacity of 1,000 kg and a towing capacity of 3,400 kg. It has seating for five occupants, and a wheelbase of 3.3 metres.

The Munro MK1 is hand-built, and is the result of more than three years of development. It is currently in the prototype phase, and is scheduled to go into production in 2023, with a production capacity of 50 vehicles. Production will take place at its current site in East Kilbride (Scotland, UK), although it plans to move to a larger facility in central Scotland in 2024, increasing its manufacturing capacity to 250 vehicles per year, reaching 2,500 units per year in the near future.

Last April, Munro Vehicles received €750,000 in funding to accelerate series production of the electric 4×4. The starting price of the Munro MK 1 is £59,994(just over €69,600 at current exchange rates), and it is offered in three versions: Utility, Range and Performance.

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