The world’s first pure electric 4x4 will take part in the RAC Brighton to London Future Car Challenge. The Liberty Electric E-Rangeis the world’s first luxury high-performance Pure Electric 4x4 and two examples will join around 50 other electric, hybrid and low-emission-engined cars, light commercial vehicles and motorcycles on the pioneering 60 mile run from Brighton to London on Saturday November 6.
The Liberty Electric E-Range is initially based on a Range Rover and is aimed at the family-size and luxury vehicle market. Liberty’s entry brings the number of confirmed participants in the first RAC Brighton to London Future Car Challenge to 41. Further entries are awaiting confirmation, which means that the Challenge should be fully subscribed at 50. Among other manufacturers, which have confirmed, are Ford, Gordon Murray Design, Mercedes-Benz, Mitsubishi, Nicholson McLaren, Smart, Tata, Tesla, Toyota and Vauxhall.
The pure electric E-Range is built and entered by clean technology developer Liberty Electric Cars. Based in Oxford, Liberty has completed extensive testing to prove a new and unique world-beating technology that is set to fundamentally revolutionise the vehicle sector. The vehicle was tested in and around Newcastle-upon-Tyne in June this year. The Liberty-converted Range Rover was put 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 per cent zero tail-pipe emission yet performs as well – and in some cases better – than any combustion-engine equivalent available on the market today.
'The Liberty Pure Electric E-Range accelerates from zero to 60 in about seven seconds, reaches a top speed of 100mph, and has a distance capacity of 200 miles on one single charge – this is the upper end of the range that any current EV is able to achieve. In short, the vehicle enables the consumer to enjoy the power, prestige and luxury of the iconic Range Rover without the cost to the environment,' said Liberty Electric Cars Founder and CEO Barry Shrier.
Liberty Electric Cars is at the forefront of electric vehicle development. The proprietary and patented technology works by engineering electric propulsion into existing vehicle platforms, replacing the internal combustion engine with electrical power via four motors (one per wheel). The unique energy storage system is a world-first in battery management. At 75kw, the LEC battery pack is the largest to be installed in an electric car, and due to the technology employed, weighs less than many lower capacity packs. The energy density, unusually large cell size and fast charging times are also class leading and contribute to the performance of the vehicle.
Re-generative braking capacity means that the batteries are charged during braking. Optional roof-mounted photovoltaic cells provide a trickle charge for ancillary items, such as air conditioning, even when the vehicle is stationary. The lithium polymer battery pack is easily recharged by cable, from a standard electricity supply or by the world first wireless charging; the car is simply parked over an induction plate and charges automatically without the need for plugs or power leads. The battery has an estimated lifespan of 300,000 miles or 13 years, and due to its unique design and cell structure, is one of the safest electric battery packs available on the market today.
Liberty Electric Cars have now started 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.
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