Munro Vehicles, an automotive startup, was founded in Glasgow, Scotland in 2019. Its first offering, the Munro Mark 1 is an electric off-roader that can carry people and equipment on difficult terrain.
It was intended to create a vehicle that could be used for industrial operations such as gold mining or forestry, and the first half of the production run has been sold. The vehicle is now going to the USA where there is a distribution agreement.
Munro Mark 1 is powered by a single 371 horsepower (or 516 pound-foot) electric motor. This power is sent to all four wheels via Land Rover Defender solid axles. This vehicle was largely inspired by an off-road vehicle called the Ibex. Munro Vehicles reengineered that vehicle to allow for its own electric powertrain.
The battery’s capacity is 80.1 kWh. They claim it can reach 168 miles (270 km), on one charge (on road) and will also have fast charging. Although the vehicle’s interior is basic, it can still get selectable high- and low ranges thanks to its conventional driveline. It can withstand 3 feet of water, which is roughly the same as a Rivian.
The company plans to begin production of 50 units of the Munro Mark 1 in 2023. If everything goes according to plan, the company plans to increase its production to 2,500 units annually by 2025 and then to 5,000 units by 2030. They plan to sell both left- and right-hand-drive versions at approximately PS75,000 ($87,000).
It will be interesting for the market to determine if this vehicle will actually be sold, particularly considering the high price. An electric pickup truck, which will be available in the US by 2025, will not be able to handle all terrains. When the cheaper dual-motor powertrains are available, the Rivian R1S and R1T will be around $70,000.
The Munro Electric Vehicle will be competing against the Scout-brand vehicles resurrected from Volkswagen. It also wants its vehicles to be capable off-road, and is specifically designing these vehicles for the US.