Classic offroader gets an electric powertrain and a supercar price tag.
America has an intense love affair with SUVs, and not only modern ones, but retro machines that don't offer luxuries such as park distance warning, or even airbags. But none of that matters when you get behind the wheel of one of these machines; its the raw driving experience that thrills, and keeps prices for cars such as Land Rover Defenders and old Ford Broncos sky high. With the slow creep of electrification at our doorsteps, some have started converting these old rides into eco-friendly electric vehicles, and no one does it better than Zero Labs, a company based California.
These guys are responsible for the first fully electric Ford Bronco, and one of its latest creations is this Land Rover Series III which gets all the luxuries and features of a modern car, an electric powertrain, and a supercar price tag.
Zero Labs is offering 1971-1985 Land Rover Series III cars in two versions, namely Classic and Beach. The classic represents the traditional hardtop version of the car, while the beach version comes with a removable top. These cars feature a completely re-engineered chassis with independent suspension all round. The powertrain in the Land Rover setup is shared with the Bronco, which means you get your choice of a 400v 85 kWh or 100 kWh battery mounted low in the chassis. With the 100 kWh battery in play, you can expect a maximum range of about 235 miles. This system offers 440 kW peak power, or 600 horsepower, which is a jump of over 400% in power compared to the original car. This system includes DC fast charging.
It is not clear what goes into the interior of these cars, but what we've seen from previous builds, Zero Labs holds nothing back: its Ford Bronco is offered with premium leather and carbon fiber panels. Zero Labs offers a 24-month repair warranty, as well as a battery and dive unit warranty for four years or 50,000 miles. All of this comes at a price, however: the Zero Labs Land Rover Series III will cost you a cool $185,000.