It probably won’t be too long before every new car being produced will be electric but even old classics are getting on the act.
Jaguar has already produced an electric version of its iconic E-type – Harry and Meghan travelled in one after their wedding – and there’s a company turning out electric old Land Rover Defenders.
Now you can order an electric classic Range Rover too.
Buyers beware though as you’ll need pretty deep pockets.
Lunaz, a UK company which specialises in creating electric classic cars, has announced it is to produce classic electric Range Rovers – with prices starting at £245,000.
The company, based in Silverstone, Northamptonshire, will create an initial run of 50 of the luxury SUVs built in the ‘classic era’ between 1970 and 1994.
Lunaz has already unveiled Jaguar, Bentley and Rolls-Royce electrified classics.
Electric classic Range Rovers by Lunaz will be offered in both ‘Town’ and ‘Country’ specification. Town cars will focus on rear-seat and driver comfort, reflecting their dual use as either self-driven luxury vehicles or chauffeured cars. These cars will be available in both standard and long wheelbase.
Country specification will include a full suite of engineering, technological and design features that augment a full electric classic off-roading experience for the first time.
Every car by Lunaz goes through a full bare metal restoration and re-engineering process ahead of conversion to the company’s proprietary electric powertrain.
Country specification electric classic Range Rovers by Lunaz will include a four-wheel drive system, updated suspension including anti-roll bars and uprated brakes.
Within the cabin, the utility element of the original interior design will be elevated.
This will be achieved by applying Lunaz’ design philosophy, which balances the integration of technology and usability within a classic architecture.
Design director Jen Holloway and her team will work in close consultation with customers to tailor the car to their exact requirements.
Material palettes that honour the textile interior that debuted on the original classic Range Rover will be offered as well as more traditional upholstery options executed in the finest leathers and woods.
Customers will be able to select from either the classic three-door configuration or the four-door models.
Usability is further enhanced with the inclusion of a full suite of contemporary technologies. Features including infotainment, air conditioning and entertainment screens will be sensitively integrated into the existing design scheme to ensure the spirit of the original car is maintained.
Prices for classic electric Range Rovers by Lunaz start at £245,000 excluding local taxes.
The first production tranche of 50 vehicles is currently being allocated with first customer deliveries anticipated for the summer of 2021.
Lunaz will also further the legacy of some of the more specialist interpretations of the classic Range Rover’s celebrated lineage.
From the start of production, fully roofless options will be offered.
First seen in the James Bond classic, Octopussy, these rare cars feature in some of the world’s great car collections.
Because of their scarcity, Lunaz’ engineers will take existing conventionally bodied Range Rover classics and convert them to what the firm is calling ‘Safari Specification’ as part of the full bare metal restoration and re-engineering process.
The world’s first electric roofless SUV has already been allocated to a European customer.
Every car by Lunaz represents an individual customer build, offering huge scope for personalisation. Customers will be invited to work with Ms Holloway and her team to specify features to augment their own lifestyle requirements.
David Lorenz, the founder of Lunaz, said: “In the face of a challenging year that restricts every business’s ability to collaborate globally, we have drawn even more intensely on the extraordinary talent-pool that exists in Silverstone, Britain’s automotive and technology manufacturing heartland.
“We are proud to fly the flag for our nation’s leadership in cutting-edge zero emissions technologies and more traditional automotive engineering skills on the global stage.”
He added: “By 2030, when the UK ban on internal combustion engine car sales will come into effect there will be two billion internal combustion-engined vehicles on the planet.
“Without conversion to electric, this will represent mass redundancy of finite resources that could otherwise be re-used.
“Our approach answers the urgent need to extend the life of these vehicles for future generations.”
Lunaz has grown significantly in 2020, doubling the workforce at its manufacturing base in Silverstone and it anticipates similar growth in 2021.
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Lunaz’ approach is in line with the principles of the ‘circular economy’.
Its mission is to deliver cars whilst exhausting significantly fewer resources than go into the production and life cycle of a new vehicle.
Jon Hilton, technical lead and managing director, Lunaz, said: “We designed inherent flexibility within our approach to upcycling the world’s most celebrated cars.
“The commencement of production of the first electric classic Range Rovers demonstrates the scope of vehicles that can be re-engineered and given an entirely new life through conversion to our proprietary electric powertrain.”
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