Oxford-based, clean technology developer, Liberty Electric Cars has completed extensive testing to prove for the first time a new and unique world-beating technology that is set to fundamentally revolutionise the vehicle sector. The Liberty Electric E-Range is the world’s first luxury high-performance, Pure Electric, non-polluting 4x4 that will be readily available to fill a significant gap in the family-size and luxury vehicle market and it will be available in the UK before any other country.
The testing, which took place in Sunderland and Newcastle-Upon-Tyne throughout June, put a Liberty-converted Range Rover through its paces to demonstrate the abilities of the technology. The result is proof that the company has created a large, luxury vehicle that is 100% zero emission yet performs as well as any combustion-engine equivalent available on the market today. The new technology can also allow for wireless charging – another world-first – where the car is simply parked over an induction plate and charges automatically without the need for plugs or power leads. 'We are incredibly proud to have proven our critics wrong and demonstrated the performance ability of our proprietary and patented, class-leading technology,' said Liberty Electric Cars Founder and CEO Barry Shrier. Liberty Electric Cars has now entered production. The initial focus will be on the Range Rover, which will be available on the market at the end of 2010. The company has also begun development on other large, luxury 4x4s, SUVs, and MPVs.
The Liberty Electric E-Range accelerates from 0-60mph in around seven seconds, reaches a top speed of 85mph, and has a distance capacity of 200 miles on one single charge. This is the upper end of the drive range that any current electric vehicle is able to achieve. The proprietary and patented technology works by engineering electric propulsion into existing vehicle platforms, replacing the internal combustion engine with electrical power via four on-board motors, one per wheel. Liberty’s electric technology incorporates a state of the art energy storage system that is easily rechargeable from a standard electricity supply or with a fast charger. This provides performance and range ability that has never before been achieved in the 4x4 sector and allows for significantly lower running costs.