By the same company that built the world's first Tesla-powered Range Rover.
An all-electric Range Rover is coming in 2024, but ECD Automotive, a company based in Florida that specializes in building luxury Land Rover restomods, has already beaten Land Rover to it. Earlier this year, ECD Automotive presented the world's first Tesla-powered Range Rover. Based on the original Range Rover Classic, the electric SUV is powered by a single electric motor producing 450 horsepower.
And now the original Land Rover Defender 110 is getting the electric restomod treatment. ECD Automotive is currently working on two electric Defender 110 restomods, dubbed Project Britton and Project Morpheus.
These may not be the first-ever electric Defender restomods, but they are the first to ever be assembled in the US. Both restored Defenders will be fitted with a 100 kWh battery system that can be charged in five hours. On a single charge, these electric Defenders will offer a range of up to 220 miles, while the Tesla motor produces 450 horsepower, enabling the electric SUVs to accelerate from 0-60 mph in under five seconds.
Each Defender restomod is imported from the UK and rebuilt from the ground up according to the customer's exact specifications. Alternatively, ECD also builds Defender retromods with high-performance, GM-sourced LS3 and LC9 engines.
"Since its founding, ECD has been filling in the gap in the luxury car market and consistently pushing the envelope to evolve our custom Defenders and Range Rovers. The electric option is just one of many drivetrain solutions on our extensive menu that allow clients to truly achieve the personalized vintage Defender or Range Rover of their dreams," said Tom Humble, co-founder of ECD Automotive.
With the first-ever electric Range Rover arriving in 2024, an electric Defender will likely follow. But if you can't wait until then, ECD Automotive can build one for you. Since adding Tesla powertrains to the options list, there has been a lot of demand for ECD to build electric restomods, with 14 already on order. Previewed in 3D renders, the first two electric Land Rover Defender 110s will hit the road in December.