It took 2,200 hours to build.
In a bold move, Jaguar Land Rover will become an electric-only brand by 2025. Land Rover will develop six new EVs, including an all-electric version of the Range Rover. Much to our surprise though, Land Rover is not the first company to produce an all-electric Range Rover as another company beat it to the punch. Based in Florida, E.C.D. Automotive Design, which specializes in restoring and building custom Land Rovers and Defenders, has unveiled the world's first Electric Range Rover Classic powered by a Tesla electric motor.
E.C.D. teamed up with the Electric Classic Cars, a company specializing in electrifying classic cars like the Porsche 911 Targa, to acquire the Tesla motor and consulted with the client to create 3D design renders.
From here, the Range Rover Classic was stripped down and transformed into a modern luxury electric SUV that retains the original SUV's classic design. From concept to production, the electric Range Rover Classic took a staggering 2,200 hours to build by a team of over 50. Powered by a 100-kWh battery pack, the electric Range Rover Classic has an estimated 220 miles of range after being charged for five hours. With 450 horsepower on tap, it can reportedly accelerate from 0-60 mph in 5.2 seconds, which is quicker than many of the company's V8-powered Defender models.
"Being leaders in the luxury custom car industry, it was important to us to expand our offerings into the electric market," said Tom Humble, founder of E.C.D. Automotive.
"Now that we have finished the Electric Range Rover Classic we're going to continue to innovate and electrify Defenders and other Land Rovers. We offer our clients world-class customization, and we are excited to add this new electric option to our truck builds."
The Tesla-powered Range Rover Classic is finished in Alpine White gloss paint, complemented with silver metal front and rear bumpers. It rides on 18-inch five-spoke wheels wrapped in Continental Cross Contact tires. Inside, retro touches include tan leather seats, a dark wood dashboard, and custom vertical diamond stitching. Elsewhere, the cabin has been modernized with Infinity speakers and subwoofers, an Alpine Halo 9 infotainment system with Apple CarPlay, reversing cameras, and Bluetooth support.
CarBuzz recently got the chance to test drive this Tesla-powered Range Rover Classic, so look out for our video review coming soon.