As expected, the ‘Longbridge lightweight’ MOKE will ditch the ICE and be fully electric by January 2022 with deliveries scheduled in time for the 2022 European summer season…
Yes, the much loved doorless brainchild of, Sir Alec Issigonis, and John Sheppard has jumped ship and will join the EV revolution as the Internal Combustion Engine slowly becomes redundant across the automotive network, marking a new chapter in transport.
Originally produced by the British Motor Corporation (BMC), Austin Morris, and Leyland, the ‘beachfront warrior’ was embraced by the British public who were given the opportunity of purchasing one of the 14,518 units produced between 1964 and 1968.
How fast Vs how far
Once again, the selling point seems to promote ‘how fast’ it sprints up to 55km/h in just 4.5 seconds, which tends to be the last thing on anyone’s mind when travelling from A-B. That said, charging takes 4 hours on the Type 2 EU Standard and the top speed is a half-decent 100km/h (62mph)… that’s pretty quick on the sand.
The company says the MOKE has a range ‘fit for 5 round trips between Cap-Ferrat to Monaco (144km)‘ – that’s only 90 miles so you might need to plan ahead if you’re considering tackling the road and not the beach.
All MOKEs can be ordered as either right or left-hand drive machines with prices starting at £29,150 + VAT with battery cells, motors, and inverters all sourced from Tier 1 European suppliers, then re-engineered within the United Kingdom.
The company has over 500,000 sq/ft of production space and employs around 700 highly skilled engineers, production operators and technicians across six UK sites and is headquartered in Northamptonshire.
As previously reported, every electric MOKE will be handcrafted by an expert team from a company with experience providing design, manufacturing and engineering services to some of the world’s leading automotive manufacturers including Jaguar Land Rover and Morgan.
MOKE going electric secures the appeal of one of Britain’s best-loved marques for many generations to come. MOKE’s marriage of fun, personality, and open-air thrills will only be enhanced through the performance and silent running of an electric powertrain. We are proud to write a new chapter in one of British automotive folklore’s best love stories
The new electric MOKE will benefit from a number of other updates including uprated braking systems to increased occupant and pedestrian safety features. Finally, power-steering, regenerative braking, and heated windscreens deliver ease of use.
Powertrain: Real wheel direct-drive (LHD and RHD)
Motor Type: Three-phase AC Synchronous
Range: 144km (89 miles)
Charge Time: 4 hours
Top Speed: 100 km/h (62mph)
Max Power: 33kW
Charger Port Type: Type 2 (EU Standard)
Dimension LxWxH: 3225x1660x1546mm
Ground Clearance: 18cm
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