Everrati's latest creation combines old-school styling and off-road capability with a modern electric powertrain.
For the first time in its model history, the Mercedes G-Class is going electric. Mercedes previewed the upcoming electric off-roader at the 2021 Munich Motor Show with the EQG concept. As Land Rover aims to become an all-electric manufacturer by the end of the decade, it's only a matter of time before Land Rover responds with an electric version of the Defender.
However, the UK's Everrati Automotive has already beaten Land Rover to it, though this electric off-roader is not based on the all-new Defender. After electrifying a 964 Porsche 911 and Mercedes SL, Everrati has built an all-electric version of the legendary Land Rover Series IIA, giving the off-roader a new lease of life.
Debuting at the Concours of Elegance at Hampton Court Palace last weekend, the electric Land Rover is powered by an 60-kWh battery pack and an electric motor producing 150 hp and 221 lb-ft of torque. On a single charge, the electric Defender offers up to 125 miles of pure electric range. Before being transformed into an electric off-roader, the original Series IIA is stripped out and the body and chassis is meticulously restored, galvanized and coated in a protective zinc to prevent corrosion.
With two and four-wheel-drive modes and hi and lo ranges for improved traction, the Series IIA has lost none of its renowned capability in its transition to an EV. Power steering and upgraded brakes help modernize the Defender Series IIA, which ended production in 1971, for the 21st century.
Inside, the interior is upgraded with heated front seats and a rear bench trimmed in high-quality Bridge of Weir leather finished in Chestnut Automotive Nappa. Heated lap belts are also available.
"With the unveiling of an electric version of the legendary Land Rover Series IIA, we are continuing to deliver on Everrati's mission, which is to craft cutting-edge, capable, highly desirable, and sustainable cars, each with the soul of an icon," founder and chief executive of Everrati Automotive Limited Justin Lunny said in a statement. "To do so requires unparalleled attention to detail and technical proficiency, with one eye on ensuring our iconic cars meet 21st-century demands, and the other on safeguarding a vehicle's original character and DNA - both dynamically and aesthetically."