MUNRO Vehicles, a manufacturer of all-electric 4x4s, has welcomed MSP Graham Simpson to its HQ to see the first vehicles entering production.
Munro hosted 61 investors, deposit holders and fans at an open day in East Kilbride, featuring tours of the workshops where the first customer vehicles are in production.
The visit culminated in a Q&A session with the company’s founders, where visitors posed questions ranging from production schedules to the wading capabilities of the MK_1 electric-powered, four-wheel-drive.
The first two Munro MK_1 customer vehicles to be hand-built in the East Kilbride site are Founder Editions. The first vehicle, a black truck, is being constructed to Munro’s Range specification. Endowed with 220kW of power and 600Nm of torque, the truck offers an estimated 190-mile range and a 2.5-tonne braked towing weight.
The second vehicle, a gloss-white pick-up built in ultimate specification Performance guise, features a 280kW battery, 700NM of torque, 3.5-tonne towing capacity and an estimated range of 190 miles.
The Munro MK_1 is described as a ‘ground-breaking’ solution that combines the reliability and repairability of a full-time 4×4 mechanical drivetrain with an electric powertrain, ensuring zero tailpipe emissions.
A ‘spacious’ rear bed can accommodate a 1,050kg Euro Pallet payload, while the Performance model boasts a maximum braked towing capacity of 3,500kg, said to make it ideal for hauling farm implements, livestock, construction equipment, and disaster relief supplies.
More than 250 pre-orders for both the truck and pick-up models have already been received. Munro is poised to seize the significant global market opportunity with the support of financial partners as the company nears completion of its first two production models.
Graham Simpson MSP, member of the Scottish Parliament sustainable transport and renewable energy and energy efficiency cross party groups, said, “It has been fascinating to visit Munro Vehicles and see what Scotland’s first volume automotive manufacturer in over four decades has to offer.”
Munro CEO and co-founder Russell Peterson added, “The team and I are proud to have the opportunity to share the engineering and passion that goes into building these incredible all terrain electric vehicles. It was a pleasure to welcome MSP Graham Simpson to our HQ and show him what Scottish innovation in sustainable transport looks like.”