The E-Range is an all-electric Range Rover. It costs £160,000, is available to order today and will be delivered to its first customer, a banker in the City of London later this year. There are tax breaks for the car in the UK including zero-rated company car tax, exemption from the London Congestion Charge and free road tax because of its electric power. However, it does not qualify for the £5000 Government grant for low-carbon vehicles because its initial purchase price is too high, according to Liberty Electric Cars.
The E-Range's 75kWh lithium-polymer battery pack weighs almost 500kg. However, the propshaft, differentials, transfer box and combustion engine have all been removed, meaning that the E-Range is only slightly heavier than a standard Range Rover at 2.9 tonnes. There are four electric motors, one for each wheel, with torque electronically distributed between them to maintain traction. The rear electric motors provide 158bhp while the front pair generate 133bhp. Liberty Electric Cars says this results in a 0-60mph time of 7.0 seconds and a limited top speed of 100mph. It takes 12 hours to recharge the E-Range from a domestic electricity supply, but this can be cut to between three and five hours with a charge station that can be installed for around £10,000. The car maker says the cost of this will halve within a year, however, while it is also developing wireless charging, where the car sits on an induction plate and can be recharged in 1.5 hours.
The company has only put the car through California's drive cycle, so its recorded range of 200 miles isn't comparable with European figures. Liberty Electric Cars says it will put the car through the European drive cycle, however, and although it hasn't discovered how quickly the batteries deplete cruising at the motorway limit, it claims it has achieved up to 240 miles of city driving in London. Liberty Electric Cars expects to sell between 60 and 100 of the cars in the UK annually, and has also signed a deal to deliver 150 of the cars to Scandinavia where it's offered at the same price as a standard Range Rover because it doesn't attract punitive import taxes.
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