But is an EV really the best choice for going somewhere without chargers? Munro thinks so.
Some argue EVs aren't the best off-roaders because of factors like the lack of charging stations in the woods and the impact of hauling heavy equipment on range. But Scottish 4x4 EV manufacturer Munro has a shot at changing the narrative by introducing the Mountain Rescue Edition of the all-electric MK_1 SUV.
The Mountain Rescue Edition is the brand's off-road-dedicated EV built to meet the requirements of mountain rescue and fire services. Munro has worked with Scottish, English, and Welsh mountain rescue teams and several fire services to ensure the new edition is fit for the job.
"We are thrilled to be able to showcase the Mountain Rescue edition of our MK_1 electric truck," said Munro CEO and co-founder Russell Peterson. "We have consulted with multiple Mountain Rescue Teams to best understand their unique demands for an all-terrain stretcher-bearing vehicle capable of crossing the toughest of terrain."
Built to last over five decades, the Mountain Rescue Edition has roof-mounted blue lights and the space to carry a stretcher and three passengers. Munro claims the EV has a payload capacity of 2,315 lbs and a maximum braked towing capacity of 7,716 lbs.
The top-ranging Performance variant can generate 375 horsepower and 516 lb-ft of torque. Like the equally durable pickup version of the SUV, the EV can go from zero to 60 mph in 4.9 seconds.
With a battery capacity of up to 82.4 kWh, the MK_1 Truck provides a range of 190 miles, which is relatively low compared to other off-roader EVs, such as the 400-mile Rivian R1T. But Munro said the EV can operate off-road for up to 16 hours on a single charge. That should be enough for most off-road rescues.
"We must express our thanks to outdoor equipment distributors, Lyon, who provided the kit bags and stretcher for the launch. We look forward to building our working relationship with them."
Further details such as the Mountain Rescue Edition's pricing are yet to be disclosed. Although, Munro is selling the MK_1 Truck with a starting price of £59,994, or $74,315 at current exchange rates. The company does ship globally, offering left-hand and right-hand drive options.