With 50 percent of the Marque News team having been born in Scotland this story was
always going to be run.

Like most Scots our colleagues are notorious for bragging about their country’s list of
inventions including the steam engine, penicillin, television, telephone, and many more –
even the flushing toilet!

Well, to that list, can now be added the Munro MK-1, reputedly the world’s most capable
all-electric 4×4.

Munro is the first automotive manufacturer to build cars at scale in Scotland since
Peugeot-Talbot closed its Linwood plant in 1981. The company was founded in 2019 by
Russell Peterson and Ross Anderson.

“We had already taken measures to reduce our own environmental footprints and had a lot
of experience driving our own EV, and got quite used to the instant torque delivery,”
Peterson said.

“But the off-roader we were driving through the Highlands was combustion-engined and it
was really struggling on the steep climbs. So, we were musing how much better it would
be with an electric motor.”

“On the return journey, we stopped at a café in Braemar, where a bank of 50kW rapid
chargers were sitting empty and unused.

“Parked up nearby was a large group of combustion-engined safari adventure 4x4s of a
type that are no longer manufactured and will have to be replaced eventually.

“It dawned on us that there was a gap in the market for an electric-powered, four-wheel-
drive, utilitarian workhorse.”

The Munro MK-1 combines a state-of-the-art 280kW electric powertrain with a proven,
robust, simple-to-maintain mechanical driveline that delivers uncompromised off-road

It can operate for up to 16 hours on a single battery charge and has a range of more than

Able to transport a crew of five to the most rugged locations, with a 1000kg payload and
3500kg tow capacity, the Munro MK_1 represents the ultimate, sustainable, utilitarian, off-
road workhorse.

With a focus on off-road performance, reliability, ease-of-repair and longevity, the MK_1 is
engineered to provide owners and operators with decades of service.

Its attributes make it an ideal choice for those seeking to minimise their environmental
footprint in numerous sectors including construction, agriculture, mining, environmental,
emergency rescue, remote infrastructure maintenance and recreation — without
compromising on performance or capability.

The MK_1 is priced from £49,995 (about $90,000 Aussie dollars) in five-door, five-seat,
3302mm wheelbase Utility guise.

The MK_1 is offered with a choice of two electric motors, 220kW or 280kW, along with the
option of 61kWh and 82kWh battery packs.

The battery pack comprises 35 state-of-the-art Lithium NMC battery modules mounted in
three heavy-duty aluminium boxes underneath the vehicle.

This arrangement ensures it is quick, convenient, and inexpensive to replace individual
battery modules if required, and is guaranteed to deliver 80 per cent of its original capacity
for at least eight years and 160,000km.

The MK_1 is offered with a choice of two AC charging options, 7kW to replenish the
battery overnight, and 22kW which provides a full charge in around 3.5 hours.

An industry-standard DC CCS charger is also provided, enabling the battery to be
replenished in just over 30 minutes.

Every Munro is geared for torque, with a top speed of 130km/h while the 280kW
Performance version can surge to 100km/h in 4.9 seconds. However, the focus is firmly on
utility, workability and superior off-road drivability.

Peak torque of 700Nm is available up to 80km/h, which ensures excellent response off-
road. It also means the Munro can effortlessly tow a braked trailer of up to 3500kg.
Off-road prowess is enhanced by 480mm of ground clearance and the an 800mm wading

Equally impressive 84- and 51-degree approach and departure angles, plus a 148-degree
ramp breakover angle, give the Munro the ability to cope effortlessly with steep hills,
heavily rutted terrain, craters and boulders.

It is, quite simply, the most capable production electric 4×4 on the planet.
MK_1 sits on a galvanised steel ladder chassis, designed, engineered, and built at the
company’s HQ.

Constructed with 5mm thick steel, compared with 1.5mm thick steel used in many 4X4s,
the chassis has been developed to provide the ultimate combination of strength,
robustness and ease of repair.

The launch model is the third iteration of the project and was developed in the Scottish
terrain from which it takes its name.

The vehicle was subjected to an intensive two-year test program, tackling some of
Scotland’s most demanding conditions in all weathers.

The design is that of Coventry University Automotive and Transport Design graduate,
Ross Compton.

Having previously led projects at Bollinger Motors, and Atlis Motor Vehicles, Compton is
well-versed in combining practical engineering requirements with aesthetics.

Each vehicle comes with a full five-year/160,000km warranty, which Anderson describes
as “super flexible.”

About Chris Riley

Chris Riley has been a journalist for 40 years. He has spent half of his career as a writer, editor and production editor in newspapers, the rest of the time driving and writing about cars both in print and online. His love affair with cars began as a teenager with the purchase of an old VW Beetle, followed by another Beetle and a string of other cars on which he has wasted too much time and money. A self-confessed geek, he’s not afraid to ask the hard questions - at the risk of sounding silly.
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